Apple to create original programming?

According to an article on MacRumors today, Apple is negotiating with Studios and Producers to create original programming for Apple TV. Two thoughts.

Apple have long created their own content by running music festivals and recording the performances.

It’s been a long time coming, but I thing it was inevitable. Back in late 2009 I postulated on What if Apple or Google simply bypassed Networks and Studios? My conclusion then:

Clearly, either Google or Apple could destroy the existing content production industries without borrowing or risking their business. Just what leverage do the current middlemen really have?

It’s a strategy that’s working well for Netflix and Amazon.

Lunch with Hayden Black

Hayden Black is a writer, actor, voice over artist and a damned funny comedian. He was creator/producer of Goodnight Burbank when I first interviewed him for the Digital Production BuZZ/ Since then he’s gone on to produce Abigail’s Teen Diary & Teensy Tweets. You can catch him on BBC America’s The Brit List and daily on Yahoo!’s “Who Knew?” He can be contacted on Twitter as @HaydenBlack, or follow @Gen_Zed.

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If you’re naming Favorites, you’re doing it wrong

I am still slightly horrified whenever I hear or read of someone who “doesn’t use keywords, I just use Favorites and rename them” I am infuriated. What you want is not a Favorite. What you want is a Keyword.

A Keyword that automatically organizes itself into collections. (Unlike Favorites).

Just under a year ago I wrote Why I love Keyword Ranges. If you’re using Favorites that way, read it.

Celtx grows up!

One of my favorite writing tools – Celtx – has revealed itself as a full production management resource.

Celtx has added a ton of new features to help not only screenwriters write scripts, but also help directors and creative teams work together on their projects using new story development and video planning tools.

Basic writing and storyboarding tools are included in the free version: $10 a month gets you it all.

If I wrote and produced narrative, I’d be all over Celtx.

A new 4K TV for Christmas? Sorry, already obsolete!

CES finally brings High Dynamic Range TV to the consumer. Brighter (really brighter) white levels, cleaner blacks and wider color gamut are more obvious to most people, than high pixel count. 10 bit sampling will allow for smoother gradients and contribute to the wider color gamut.

Fortunately, the competing technology companies came to an agreement with UltraHD Premium.

Already at CES TCL and LG have announced new models with Dolby Vision incorporated. Dolby Vision is probably the widest adopted of the HDR standards. But it doesn’t really seem to matter as UltraHD Premium is about standards met, rather than how to meet the standard. This is a good approach as it allows the technology to evolve, as long as the same basic standards are met.

 

 

A year of software updates: 2015

In total, Intelligent Assistance Software released 76 updates to our apps:

  • 16 for XtoCC
  • 13 for 7toX
  • 14 for Sync-N-Link X
  • 16 for Producer’s Best Friend
  • 4 for Change List X
  • 10 for Sequence Clip Reporter
  • 2 for Sync-N-Link

and even one update for prEdit!

Not to mention a completely rewritten and enhanced backLogger, and the transcript features for Lumberyard, for Lumberjack System.