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The Green Screen Handbook Brings Reality and Fantasy Together with Cinematic Results













The Green Screen Handbook by Jeff Foster


Ventura, CA (PRWEB) March 17, 2010

If you want to make movies with green screen compositing technology, The Green Screen Handbook, written by author, producer and motion graphics specialist Jeff Foster, is just for you. Published by Sybex (Wiley) this unique guide is a comprehensive how-to of professional production techniques, step-by-step instruction, and tips that can save you time and money. Learn when to use green screens instead of blue, find out how the pros operate in professional studios and get amazing results–even on a shoestring budget.

Topics include matting and keying basics; setups using fabric, portable background panels, or paint; lighting and digital camera essentials; broadcast TV hardware switchers; professional HD and major motion picture compositing; multiple-colored screen composites (background, foregrounds, and objects); directing storyboards and talent; working with virtual sets; motion tracking; and much more. A DVD accompanies the book that includes sample footage and all project files for each chapter.

According to Foster, “No one yet has provided this kind of extensive information that combines historical research, practical application, accurate lighting, shooting and set up in one book. My passion for this subject combined with twenty years experience hopefully has resulted in a project that will raise the level of green screen production from the novice to the professional.”

The Green Screen Handbook retails for $ 49.99 US and is available at TheGreenScreenHandbook.com and distributed through book retailers worldwide.

ISBN: 978-0-470-52107-6

Publisher: Sybex (Wiley) March 15, 2010

Paperback: 384 pages

“The Green Screen Handbook book has it all: interesting historical notes, edifying technical background, practical pre-production tips, and honest comparisons of various hardware and software tools that can help you in your compositing work. Anyone who is about to tackle a compositing job that involves keying should spend a few hours with Jeff’s book first. It’ll be time well spent.” – Todd Kopriva, Adobe

“Jeff Foster has written the ultimate Green Screen Handbook . . . a must-have educational resource for anyone wanting to learn and master this highly demanded video technique.” – Rod Harlan, Layers Magazine

“This is THE handbook for anyone working with green screen. Everything you need to know is covered in detail.”- Colin Smith, PhotoshopCAFE

About Jeff Foster

Jeff has been producing and training for traditional and digital images, photography, illustration, motion graphics, and special effects for DV and film for over 20 years. His clients include Tribune Broadcasting, Motorola, Nestle, McDonnell Douglas, FOX Television, Spike TV, Discovery/TLC, Universal Studios, and Disney. His best-selling book title, “After Effects and Photoshop – Animation and Production Effects for DV and Film,” provides tips and tricks for creating believable animations and reveals special effects secrets the professionals have been using for years. Jeff has written or contributed to several After Effects and Photoshop books and has been a featured speaker at Macworld, Photoshop World, Adobe MAX and NAB conferences. Besides corporate and private training Jeff is part of a team of Adobe application instructors at onlineinstruct.com. Jeff can be contacted through his company at: http://www.pixelpainter.com.

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New Game Brings Bruce Lee’s Martial Arts to Apple® iPad®, IPHONE® & IPOD TOUCH®











Bruce Lee Dragon Warror


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 24, 2010

Bruce Lee’s teachings and martial arts mastery are legendary. His spirit remains an inspiration to an untold number of people around the world. Now the powerful name of the icon comes to the iTunes®, App Store with Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, developed for the iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®. The game, which brings Bruce Lee’s history and legacy to life, is available worldwide for $ 4.99, and is the first and only fighting game in the iTunes®, App Store to bear his name.

The game is co-published and co-developed in partnership with Universal Partnerships & Licensing by two of the top mobile game companies in the industry, Indiagames and Digital Legends Entertainment. The Bruce Lee Estate contributed guidance and support through Bruce Lee Enterprises, the licensing company helmed by Bruce’s daughter, Shannon Lee.

A masterpiece of the 3D martial arts genre, the game uses motion-capture technology and features players fighting in historical locations around the world in an attempt to become the Master of Martial Arts. Customizable fighting styles make Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior highly user-friendly and the game also boasts the most realistic fighting game environment possible on these devices. Loosely based on the events of Bruce Lee’s career, the game honors the martial arts legacy left by one of its greatest masters. Players follow Lee’s journey as he trains with a Kung Fu master, then fights in tournaments and later faces his worst enemies.

There are many fighting games on the market, but Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior is the only one in the iTunes®, App Store with the Bruce Lee heritage, as well as the most authentic and realistic graphics and game play. Designed for casual players and hardcore gamers alike, it is easy to pick up and play, but more difficult to master. The game features motion capture from those who studied Lee’s style, as well as facial animations, environmental animations and a custom soundtrack.

The primary motion capture subject for Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior was Joaquin Marcelo, a student of Ted Wong, a board member of the Bruce Lee Foundation. Wong was a private pupil of Bruce Lee himself, and teaches the martial arts style and philosophy he learned from the master.

“I was thrilled with how the game turned out,” said Shannon Lee. “It surpassed my highest expectations.”

“The input from those who best know Bruce Lee’s teachings was invaluable during the development of Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior,” said Vishal Gondal, CEO of Indiagames. “Their mastery of Lee’s style of martial arts style has helped us make the most authentic game possible.”

“Their mastery of Bruce Lee’s style and technique has enabled us to create the premier mobile game in the fighting genre,” said Xavier Carrillo, CEO of Digital Legends. “Working on this international project from Barcelona, Mumbai and Los Angeles, has been tremendously gratifying, and we have taken full advantage of our previous experience on fighting games as well as our cutting-edge 3D technology.”

“This game highlights Bruce Lee’s everlasting impact on our culture,” said Calvin Lim, Director of Mobile Sales, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. “Capturing the essence of his spirit for these digital platforms will beget new generations of Bruce Lee fans.”

Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior was designed specifically for the iPad®, iPod touch®, & iPhone®, but will also be available for play on other mobile phones.

For more information on Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, go to the following URLs:

iPad:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bruce-lee-dragon-warrior-hd/id364676826?mt=8

iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bruce-lee-dragon-warrior/id372377860?mt=8

About Bruce Lee Enterprises

Bruce Lee Enterprises owns, controls and licenses intellectual property related to Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.brucelee.com.

About Indiagames

Indiagames Ltd. is India’s largest games company and a pioneer in mobile and online games. The company has established relationships with more than 80 telecom operators across 67 countries around the world, including Vodafone, Verizon, T mobile, AT&T, Hutch, Airtel and many more. Indiagames also has relationships with all major game publishers and media companies in the world, including EA, Disney, THQ, Atari, Universal, Fox, Warner brothers, Sony, MTV, 2K and others. Indiagames has developed and published mobile games such as Bioshock, Garfield, Flavor Of love, Godzilla, Bruce Lee, The Office, Scorpion King, Cricket 20-20, Movin Maze, and others. The company also runs the only subscription-based games on demand service for PC games across all major broadband operators in India. For more information on Indiagames, please visit http://www.indiagames.com.

About DLE

Digital Legends Entertainment (DLE) is Barcelona’s international games development studio, distinguished worldwide by award-winning 3D iPhone and smartphone games powered by in-house cutting-edge technology across native platforms.

DLE origins in 2001 were on PC and console games, and since 2006 its exclusive focus is on mobile native platforms envisioning a convergence between mobile and handheld digital consumption and technologies. DLE has won nominations from 1up.com as “Best E3 Mobile Game” “Best Cell Game of the Year” for the fighting game “ONE” in 2005. Also has been winner of “Excellence in 3D” by International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) in 2008 for “ONE” sequel and includes other honours like “Best Gameplay” nominee by IMGA in 2009 for the music game “Dance Fabulous” and winner of the “People’s Choice Award” by IMGA in 2009 and 2010. Its B2B customers include major game Publishers, market leading OEM’s like Nokia and Samsung and also technology suppliers. For more information on Digital Legends Entertainment, please visit http://www.digital-legends.com.

About Universal Partnerships & Licensing

UP&L oversees Universal’s consumer product licensing, film and home entertainment promotions, and all corporate alliances for Universal’s theatrical, home entertainment, theme parks and stage productions. This dedicated division is also responsible for monetizing the Studio’s vast library of films and characters through licensing, branding and marketing opportunities. UP&L is part of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

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Can Communicate Brings A Whole New Dimension To The World Of Tennis











A 3D mirror rig courtside

London, UK (PRWeb UK) June 29, 2010

Can Communicate, http://www.cancommunicate.com (CAN), the 3D film and TV production specialist, recently delivered live 3D coverage of the 2010 Roland Garros French Open tennis championship, in what is believed to be the longest continuous 3D shoot in Europe to date. CAN worked with French OB specialist AMP to deliver the project for Orange and Panasonic.

CAN was appointed to facilitate the specialist 3D requirements to provide live match footage from Court Philippe Chatrier (centre court) via four active 3D rigs throughout each day of the tournament. This mammoth task included building the Element Technica Quasar 3D rigs and converting them to the configuration best suited to the 3D camera positions available, plus the complex mechanical and optical alignment of the 3D parameters.

Each rig position was manned by a dedicated CAN convergence puller who controlled the effective inter-ocular distance between the cameras and appropriate convergence for optimum 3D. Pairs of discrete feeds from each 3D rig was then fed into the AMP OB truck via four 3D processors, where CAN’s stereographers and AMP’s technicians monitored precise aspects of all the rigs for immediate corrections. They also kept in constant communication with the directors, vision mixers and convergence pullers, to make them aware of any issues as they arose and any required maintenance to the rigs.

The 3D feed of Roland Garros centre court matches was used by Panasonic to launch its new 50-inch Full HD 3D Viera television across 3000 consumer electronics retail locations throughout Europe, where action was shown on 3D televisions. The 3D telecast was also used to launch Orange’s new dedicated channel, delivering to homes in France Telecom’s Orange-TV subscribers. Additionally the men’s final was screened live in 150 cinema screens across France.

John Norman, CAN Communicate, said, “The Roland Garros tournament was perhaps our most testing 3D project to date, shooting up to ten hours of live action every day for two weeks. The use of the fully active rigs played a huge part in our ability to deliver a great 3D feed without having to set and re-set each shot for 3D – which for a live and ongoing transmission is really essential. Our collaboration with AMP, with whom we have worked on other sporting and cultural events, was another great success.”

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Yamaha YHT-494 Brings New Level of Simplicity and Convenience to Popular A/V Line











Yamaha YHT-494


Buena Park, CA (PRWEB) September 27, 2010

Yamaha Electronics Corporation, the innovator in home theater and digital audio and video reproduction, today announced the arrival of the YHT-494, the latest in the company’s growing family of popular Home Theater in a Box systems. The YHT-494 brings consumers a whole new level of simplicity and convenience, while delivering clear, dynamic sound from a 3D, High Definition (HD) audio capable receiver.

Yamaha is known for its signature HTiB systems that offer superior features at affordable price points, such as ample HD source connectivity and HD Audio decoding—ideally suited for integration with Blu-ray players, flat panel displays, HD services, game consoles and portable audio/video devices.

The new YHT-494 (5.1 Channel, 600W Total Power), which joins a family of nine HTiB products, carries an MSRP of $ 549.95.

“Our goal with Yamaha HTiB products is, quite simply to provide consumers with the greatest degree of simplicity, while offering them a truly enjoyable experience at affordable price points,” said Tom Sumner, President, Yamaha Electronics Corporation. “We anticipate exponential growth in 3D offerings over the next few years, and the YHT-494 is ahead of the curve, having the most requested features—right out of the box.”

Compact and stylish, the YHT-494 system consists of a unique, ultra-slim “sound bar” front speaker, two small rear surround speakers and a 100-watt Advanced YST subwoofer.

The sound bar, which faithfully recreates the center, left and right channels thereby eliminating the need for additional front speakers, is only 2-inches high and fits unobtrusively in front of most 32 to 50-inch TVs without blocking the screen. The feet of the sound bar can be adjusted or removed entirely for great flexibility in placement, regardless of the shape and width of the TV stand.

The YHT-494 can accept HD Audio signals from Blu-ray Disc players, and features the company’s exclusive Quad-Field CINEMA DSP with 17 Surround Sound programs that create realistic and thrilling, immersive audio experiences.

Yamaha equipped the YHT-494 with advanced capabilities found on its premium systems, such as popular SCENE buttons for one-touch simple operation. The four buttons are set to default settings for Blu-ray/DVD, TV Viewing, CD listening and radio listening. Pressing a SCENE button automatically launches a number of operations that initiate play of the source controlled by that button.

On the video front, The YHT-494 comes equipped with four 1080p-compatible HDMI V.1.4 inputs to connect to four high definition A/V sources, as well as one 1080p HDMI output that provides the highest video quality. Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v Color Standard along with high refresh rates ensure a true, accurate color viewing experience.

For the ultimate in flexibility, users can also enjoy their portable music on their YHT-494 with the company’s optional YDS-12 Dock or YBA-10 Bluetooth wireless Audio Receiver.

The Yamaha YHT-494 is available from authorized Yamaha dealers, retailers and online from Yamaha.

For more information, write Yamaha Electronics Corporation, P.O. Box 6660, Buena Park, CA 90620; telephone (714) 522-9105; email infostation(at)yamaha(dot)com; or visit http://www.yamaha.com/hometheater

About Yamaha A/V Receivers

Exceptional sound quality, superior reliability and easy to use features are the hallmarks of the Yamaha home theater experience. With each Yamaha A/V receiver, users enjoy extraordinary audio quality and advanced video features that allow these products to become the centerpiece of the home entertainment system. Offering flexible installation configurations, automatic system calibration, advanced video capabilities, 3D, and satellite radio as well as iPod capabilities, Yamaha receivers provide consumers with a complete home theater experience.

About Yamaha

Yamaha Electronics Corporation (YEC), USA, based in Buena Park, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation of America. YEC offers industry-leading home theater components and systems, featuring A/V receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, speakers, desktop iPod speaker systems, home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) pre-matched systems and the company’s exclusive Digital Sound Projectors single component surround sound solutions.

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IDTVS brings 7 inch Portable Wide Screen Digital TV Model DPT170D+ for all TV lovers











7 inch Portable Wide Screen TV

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 6, 2010

Innovative DTV Solutions (IDTVS) is the sales, distribution and marketing arm of a dynamic Korean-based consumer electronics research, development and engineering company. IDTVS has the perfect gift for all the TV lovers – 7” PORTABLE WIDESCREEN DIGITAL TV Model DPT170D+. The unit is completely digital and ATSC compliant, which ensures superior picture quality for all its users.

The DPT170D+ portable widescreen digital television is perfect for the on the go TV watchers. It allows viewers to bring along the favorite live programs wherever they go. Great design and shape allows the users to carry it easily anywhere. Considering the latest fashion trends and to meet the future standards it is designed with unbeatable picture caliber. When compared with larger television sets it has got almost all the features embedded into it. Having DPT170D+ portable television enables users to access free digital channels over the air virtually from anywhere.

As this is designed considering the latest fashion trends, they are available in different fashion colors. You can use it anywhere such as in your office, kitchen counter, or even at sport events and virtually anywhere where you wish to watch television.

It comes with a built-in rechargeable Li-poly battery, speakers and inbuilt TV tuner card which are ATSC compliant. Apart from batteries you can use it on AC. One can easily recharge the batteries on move with the help of the car charger. While you watch TV on AC it gets automatically recharged. The additional features included with this 7” portable widescreen television are onscreen program information display, direct channel changing, favorite channel setting, channel search & channel editing etc. It features an 800 x 480 digital RGB display for true HDTV. These are available in varied fashionable colors.

The greatest feature of DPT170D+ portable TV is that it allows you to watch digital channels without the necessity of any additional components or subscription service.

About IDTV:

Innovative DTV Solutions, Inc. US headquarters are based in Santa Fe Springs, California. Incorporated in 1995, the company sales, marketing and distribution capabilities originated from its role in providing the largest US share of digital converter set-top boxes for the 2009 digital conversion program. With a strong Korean based background in design, engineering and research of digital tuner technology, IDTV is poised to provide advanced HD PVR and introduce mobile DTV life-style oriented products with fresh designs and purposeful features in 2010.

For more information visit http://www.myGOtv.com

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YouTube MP3 Downloader Brings Music Video to Local Disk For Free










Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 14, 2010

YouTubeMP3Downloader.com announces the release of YouTube MP3 Downloader 3.0, an entirely new free application that allows users to save YouTube videos as HD video, as well as other media formats such as MP3, MP4, WMA, WMV, WAV, AMR, AVI, MPG, 3GP, MOV. Offering an easy to use interface and speedy download, the program downloads a video in the selected format for PC playback, so there’s no need to go to YouTube each time users want to listen to a favorite song, and it is possible to upload downloaded music to mobile devices.

YouTube MP3 Downloader is totally simple to use, and requires no account or any other registration. Once installed and started, the program sits in the tray and displays the Drop Zone icon floating over the other windows. When users find an interesting music video they want to download, it is necessary to drag the link from the address bar of the browser to the Drop Zone, select the output format from the preset menu and click “Download” to save the music to the local hard drive. Then the user may sit back and relax for some time while the music is downloading. The speed of download is high, and the program makes it possible to download multiple files at once.

The program offers presets for media formats utilized by all popular devices. For example, users can save a video as AVI or HD quality video for watching on the widescreen TV, as MP3 for uploading to a portable music player like iPod or car stereo system and enjoying songs on the road, or as 3GP for mobile phones and smart phones. It is also possible to convert a favorite music track to ARM and use that file as a ringtone in the cell phone.

With YouTube MP3 Downloader, it is possible to download millions of music tracks of any genre or artist, and all this is free, safe and legal as the program converts music tracks from YouTube.com. So, when users want to listen to a song, it is no longer necessary to buy CD disks, or visit streaming music sites like last.fm and listen to that track with annoying pauses waiting for the streaming video to buffer and load.

YouTube MP3 Downloader requires Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 2000, 7 or higher and is available immediately as a free download at http://www.youtubemp3downloader.com

About YouTubeMP3Downloader.com

Founded in 2008, YouTubeMP3Downloader.com develops and markets conversion software for Windows computers. The company offers several products. For more information, visit http://www.youtubemp3downloader.com

NOTE FOR EDITORS: We’d like to suggest YouTube MP3 Downloader for review and cover disk of your magazine.

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StreamS™ HiFi Radio Brings Broadcast Quality Audio to Apple iPhone/iPod touch/iPad Devices











Player Screen with Station Logo


Diamond Bar, CA (PRWEB) December 2, 2010

Modulation Index, LLC, Los Angeles, CA USA announced StreamS HiFi Radio, a new Internet Radio App for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad hardware. Via the StreamS Directory, StreamS supports and lists thousands of high quality AAC and HE-AAC streams including AM/FM stations and NET streams.

Without having to register on a website, users can add their own streams within the StreamS App, which is only necessary if these streams are not already listed in the StreamS Directory. Program providers can also request a listing in the StreamS directory. Although the directory is AAC/HE-AAC only, manual entry permits AAC/HE-AAC and MP3 streams to be entered and saved as Favorites.

Users can search, save streams and stations as Favorites, view Recents, Save Titles, and purchase on iTunes. StreamS supports social networking — users can Publish Current Title to Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. It even provides a world StreamMap™ showing what other users are listening to. StreamS optimizes the user experience by displaying album art and artist title information in a fast, easy to use, mobile-oriented interface.

Because the StreamS App decodes HE-AAC and AAC correctly, listeners will hear these streams in full fidelity the way their creators intended. Many of the dedicated single-station and other player Apps decode HE-AAC incorrectly or do not support AAC/HE-AAC at all. Apple’s Steve Jobs recently decided that many single-station players have no place in the Apple iTunes App Store because of their limited functionality and cut-and-paste similarity to other players from the same developers. Additionally, many of these Apps sound bad, the most common and egregious problem being frequency response that extends to less than 15 kHz even when a stream itself contains all of the data necessary to achieve 15 kHz bandwidth, which is the minimum audio bandwidth required for high fidelity. These problems prevent the Apple hardware from providing a high-quality user experience.

With its ability to play thousands of standards-conforming streams, StreamS HiFi is the kind of App Apple prefers. Of course, Apple hardware allows users to run many other Apps as well, including web, e-mail, and contacts, so portable multipurpose devices become excellent-quality Internet radios too.

To allow users to exploit their Apple hardware’s entertainment potential fully, StreamS supports external audio connections, Bluetooth Audio and Apple AirPlay to AirPort Express and Apple TV. This allows high quality audio to be streamed to just about any device, anywhere there is an Internet connection. Some of the supported hardware devices do not require a wireless contract. If they use a Wi-Fi connection, any carrier can be used.

In 2002, back when HE-AAC was still called aacPlus, Orban introduced the first Internet HE-AAC streaming encoder application. Since then HE-AAC became an MPEG standard, joining AAC. HE-AAC has been included in all mobile multimedia devices and is supported by Adobe Flash, Microsoft, and now Apple. It is now more popular than MP3 and WMA in streaming applications because it is more efficient and sounds better at a given bitrate. Meanwhile, AAC powers the world’s largest music download store, Apple iTunes, because MPEG’s rigorous double-blind listening tests showed that AAC offers the best audio quality at bitrates of 128 kbps and above in stereo. (Above about 512 kbps, lossless coding is possible and is fully transparent to the source, but the required bitrate is uneconomical for streaming.)

HE-AAC is now in version 2, which improved efficiency further by adding parametric stereo encoding. StreamS HiFi Radio supports AAC/HE-AACv2 streams in all popular transports, including ICY/SHOUTcast, ICY/Icecast2, RTSP/RTP, and Adobe Flash RTMP and HTTP/FLV, allowing StreamS to play all AAC/HE-AACv2 streams found on the Internet today.

“As the developers of Orban Opticodec-PC HE-AAC encoders, we thoroughly understand the technology and get the HE-AAC decoding right,” said Greg Ogonowski, President of Modulation Index and Vice President for New Product Development at Orban. “This gives listeners the best fidelity possible and provides capabilities that are more than competitive to satellite and HD Radio, whether heard on earbuds, auto sound systems, or home stereos. Deployed mobile devices greatly outnumber other digital radios. Moreover, we have found that unlike cellular voice channels, the high-speed data-grade mobile channels used by this service are typically free from dropouts, noise bursts, and unexpected disconnections. Thirty years serving the professional broadcast industry has taught us that radio networks are fanatical about the quality of their signal. By using a professional grade decoder, we are able to meet these high expectations.”

“For years, our audience has been begging us to find a way to make Boomer Radio available outside of the workplace,” said Ron Rubin, founder of Boomer Radio. “With Adobe Flash streaming on the iPhone using StreamS, listeners can now enjoy our programming anywhere they go with the best sounding audio available today. And broadcasters who adopt this solution will be afforded new opportunities to monetize their content.”

“Our customers have been looking for a path to profitably serve their listeners on the iPhone without losing control of their business,” said Jonathan Speaker, chief operating officer for StreamGuys. “StreamS HiFi Radio and the Modulation Index custom radio apps now make that path clear.”

Detailed information can be found here:http://www.indexcom.com/iphone

Consumers interested in StreamS HiFi Radio can find it for sale through the Apple iTunes App Store here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/streams-hifi-radio/id381467884?mt=8

Custom versions of StreamS are available.

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Splice Pictures Next-Gen Team Brings Virtual Production House to San Francisco












San Francisco, CA (Vocus) December 28, 2010

Splice Pictures, LLC, an entrepreneurial startup entertainment company and virtual studio, today announced the launch of its San Francisco, California production house and post-production facility. The brainchild of next-generation young veteran producers, Austin Anderson and Steve Salob, Splice Pictures will operate as a virtual studio which allows clients to significantly reduce cost of video marketing and film production.

Built on a backbone of experienced producers, writers, directors, and editors, Splice Pictures can produce larger budget studio format films with star talent attached. By hiring only the best freelance professionals from the Bay Area on an as needed basis, the Company significantly reduces the cost of video marketing and film production.

“Splice’s focus is to help clients produce profitable theatrical motion pictures and commercial marketing content,” said Austin Anderson, president and co-founder of Splice Pictures. “Our business model is to produce both high quality feature films in a wide range of genres and formats, as well as innovative corporate content for television and web platforms.”

As a production house and post-production facility, Splice Pictures has the ability to take on any size project. “By eliminating the large central office overhead that major studios incur, Splice Pictures is able to put more money on the screen as well as make a significantly higher profit margin,” said Anderson. “For a budget that would be small for a major commercial or production house, Splice Pictures can create a competitive high quality film and HD content.”

Projects

“With our transparent boutique format, we are able to operate under tight deadlines and in fast paced environments, as well as produce any length, style and format of film, video or interactive multimedia.”

Splice Pictures has a library of projects in development ranging from ‘comedy’ to ‘family’. Current Projects include: Faultline Studios (interactive media); American Homeless Unrated (reality television); http://www.AstrologyDating.com (commercial, and website tutorial). Feature films: Strung (crime thriller); Muscle Beach (docu-drama); Sempai (comedy); Last Ten (teen comedy) Reality Television ‘In Development’: Prom night; Dissertation; Bar Exam; Another’s Shoes Day.

About Splice Pictures

“A unification of young, fresh creativity and traditional business quality for innovative video marketing and film production solutions in today’s digital world”

Splice Picture’s team members have produced films domestically and overseas, and bring extensive expertise spanning television, commercials, web development, and music videos.

Austin Anderson, President, Splice Pictures, Born in Hawaii, he spent most of his childhood surfing in Southern California. He survived both brain and heart surgery at the age of seventeen, which ingrained in him the importance of pursuing goals and dreams as ‘life is too short to do anything but’. Austin co-founded Continuum Pictures, a Los Angeles based independent production company. During his six years at Continuum Pictures, he was involved with every aspect of production on a multitude of projects from commercials, promotional videos, music videos, short films, live events, animation and above all, feature films. Austin’s clientele includes Verizon Wireless, and Partnership for a Drug Free America.

In 2010, Austin co-founded Splice Pictures, LLC. To date, he has served as producer for: Mano A Mano (thriller), Ocean Front Property (romantic comedy), Convict (thriller), Absents (horror) and oversaw the productions of Ten Cents Short (crime thriller), Two rooms in the Valley (drama), and Sabor Tropical (thriller).

Steve Salob, Vice President, Splice Pictures, After several years of litigation practice in New York City, and one well-publicized homicide defense case at the height of his law career, Steve decided to go back to his story telling roots. He has written, directed and acted in several short films, commercials and motion pictures since relocating to California. Steve is currently developing several feature length screenplays and, as an integral part of Splice Pictures, works closely with developing up and coming acting talent. His previous clients include Fujitsu, and Discovery Channel.

Splice Pictures, LLC is an entrepreneurial startup entertainment company, which fills the niche of producing profitable theatrical motion pictures and commercial marketing as a virtual studio. As a production house, and post-production facility, Splice Pictures has the ability to take on any size project. By eliminating the large central office overhead that major studios incur, Splice Pictures is able to put more money on the screen as well as make a significantly higher profit margin. With a library of projects in development ranging from ‘comedy’ to ‘family’, Splice Pictures is capable of unlimited growth. Built on a backbone of experienced producers, writers, directors, and editors, Splice Pictures can produce larger budget studio format films with star talent attached.

Business Contact:

Austin Anderson, President

andersonwaustin(at)hotmail(dot)com

Media Contact:

Jeff Lettes, principal, Global Media Strategy

jlettes(at)globalmediastrategy(dot)com

twitter: @svnewscomm

http://www.globalmediastrategy.com

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Analog Devices Brings SoundMAX to HDTV : – Realistic audio rendering complements HD image quality.












LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) September 15, 2008

“The proliferation of flat-panel plasma and LCD TVs is placing new demands on the audio signal processing chain,” said Bill Bucklen, segment director for Advanced TV, Analog Devices, Inc. “While designers strive to deliver a realistic audio experience that approximates surround-sound speaker systems or pre-packaged home theater-in-a-box systems, manufacturers must contend with smaller HDTV form factors that leave little room for high-fidelity speakers. Consumer Electronics Association market data indicates that 85 percent of HDTVs will not be connected to an external AV receiver or multiple speakers. This means that most HDTVs must be capable of providing a high-quality audio experience using internal audio systems.”

With the SoundMAX library of over 60 algorithms, television audio designers can take advantage of the industry’s only platform to address the design needs of the entire HDTV audio signal chain. This complete portfolio allows system designers to unlock the full audio potential of the HDTV experience and provides a single resource for designing multiple TV platforms across a wide range of price points.

“By combining ADI’s audio building blocks, algorithms, system-level innovations and design support into one platform, the SoundMAX audio solutions portfolio enables HDTV designers to deliver the gold-standard in TV audio,” said Bucklen. “In addition, designers can reduce development costs by 20 percent or more over solutions that require customers to purchase TV audio components and software from multiple vendors.”

World-class Audio Performance for HDTVs

The SoundMAX for TV audio solutions portfolio includes all necessary analog and digital signal processing, multi-channel audio decoding, post-processing and algorithm-supported audio enhancements required to build a complete high-definition (HD) audio signal chain. This includes ADI’s advanced television audio processors, Class-D amplifiers, HDMI receivers, design environments, such as the SigmaStudio™ graphical programming tool for ADI audio processors, and audio algorithms. Both ADI-developed and third-party audio algorithms are included.

Audio Processors: Heightened HDTV Experience and Reduced Time-to-Market

The SoundMAX for TV audio solutions platform includes a broad spectrum of cost-effective, fully programmable audio processors that speed delivery of audio enhancements in flat-panel plasma and LCD HDTV designs. ADI’s ADAV4622, ADAV4601 and ADAV4322 SoundMAX audio processors incorporate a powerful embedded processing engine to manage the audio performance of space-constrained speakers in today’s thin, flat-panel, LCD and plasma TV designs. This “digital audio enhancement engine” does all the processing necessary to deliver the big sound required to match high-definition video quality. This feature is coupled with high-performance, multi-channel, 24-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that accept analog line inputs from HD components, such as set-top boxes and DVD players, and drive either analog or PWM (pulse width modulated) digital audio to power amplifiers for speakers or auxiliary outputs. Designed to work with ADI’s newest HDMI receivers and Class-D power stages, the audio processors allow designers to reduce “pop click” audio errors during system start-up, change audio sources seamlessly and deliver the high-quality audio required to match today’s HD video display.

Class-D Amplifiers: Big Sound from Small HDTV Speakers

HDTV audio designers can take advantage of ADI’s SoundMAX Class-D audio amplifiers, the ADAU1592 and ADAU1513, which optimally interface to HDTV audio processors and can deliver two-channel output at up to 18 W with 0.005 percent THD+N. In addition, ADI’s space-saving Class-D audio amplifiers provide the power needed to deliver the same audio experience consumers are accustomed to receiving from large HDTV cabinets. These Class-D amplifiers are designed to work seamlessly together with SoundMAX audio processors.

Comprehensive Library of HDTV Audio Algorithms

World-class audio performance requires a comprehensive library of SoundMAX audio processing algorithms. Analog Devices’ library of SoundMAX audio enhancement algorithms includes support for popular audio algorithms from third-party developers, such as Dolby Laboratories, Inc.; SRS Labs, Inc.; and BBE Sound, Inc.; and a wide range of ADI-developed TV audio algorithms including:

—Automatic Volume Control – compensates for volume changes

—Surround – delivers five discrete channels of surround from just two audio channels

—Virtualizer – converts 5.1 channel surround audio to two channel binaural format

—Dynamic Bass Boost – ensures that lower levels of audio receive more bass boost

—Midnight Mode – calms high-level audio passages and raises quiet levels of audio

—Spatializer – enriches 3D surround audio for headphones and stereo speakers

—Lip Sync Delay – compensates for any delays in video processing

—Programmable Parametric EQ – delivers custom home theater audio effects

Requiring no DSP programming knowledge, designers can use the SigmaStudio “drag-and-drop” interface to select from the large SoundMAX library of pre-developed TV audio processing blocks and easily build multi-channel audio platforms.

For more information on ADI’s SoundMAX for TV audio solutions portfolio, visit http://www.analog.com/soundmaxtv. For more information on ADI in audio, visit http://www.analog.com/audio.

About Analog Devices

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating over 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices’ common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “ADI” and is included in the S&P 500 Index. http://www.analog.com

SoundMAX and Advantiv are registered trademarks and SigmaStudio is a trademark of Analog Devices, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.









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High definition is one of the biggest trends sweeping the TV world this year, exceeding many people’s expectations. Why are audiences so keen to snap up HD technology?

With the digital revolution encompassing ever more aspects of modern life, it was only a matter of time before TVs took on many of the advantages of home computers. For years, people with standard definition TVs, even those with modern plasma screens, have found themselves frustrated at the comparative lack of quality compared to their computer desktops, which tended to be capable of handling much higher resolutions with no picture loss.

Who wants to watch films sitting at their computer desk? By eliminating many of the faults of standard definition – such as ghost images caused by traditional interlaced scanning, as opposed to more clearly defined progressive scanning – HD television has finally brought the crystal clear resolution of desktop monitors into the living room, allowing viewers to enjoy their favourite TV shows and movies from their armchairs, without being distracted by image faults or lower quality.

Depending on the model, HD TVs boast at least twice the resolution of standard definition, though in many cases the factor is much, much greater. In fact, many HD sets exceed five times the picture quality of SD, with one or two million pixels in each frame. There is an increasing number of channels broadcasting in HD to cater for everyone’s tastes, and all benefit in unique ways – from allowing viewers to get even closer to nature on wildlife documentaries to ensuring they don’t miss any of the action in a football match.

The default 16:9 aspect ratio of HD TV also means there are no longer issues with altering, stretching or squashing images to fit a widescreen frame; anyone with a HD box will be able to watch the latest films with no discernable difference in image quality than they could enjoy in the cinema. That’s not to mention the digital stereo sound that sounds more impressive than ever in high definition.

High definition is not only bringing our TVs and computers closer together – with technology such as USB players allowing us to play downloaded films on our TV – but the resolution and frame rate of HD TV also mean that the differences between regions are becoming less pronounced, meaning terms such as PAL and NTSC are no longer relevant in distinguishing between European and American sets.

Adam Singleton writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.


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