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Autodesk Acquires Moxion Cloud Solution For Digital Dailies


Autodesk announced the acquisition of Moxion, the New Zealand-based developer of a powerful, cloud-based platform for digital dailies used by leading filmmakers on some of the world's most complex and challenging productions, including "The Midnight Sky," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," and "The Matrix Resurrections." The acquisition of Moxion's talent and technology will expand Autodesk's own cloud platform for Media and Entertainment upstream, moving beyond post-production into production, bringing new users to Autodesk while helping better integrate processes across the entire content production chain. Founded In 2015, Moxion has rapidly become a leading cloud technology player in the M&E industry, winning accolades that include an Engineering Excellence Award from the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), a Workflow Systems Medal from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and a Lumiere Award from the Advanced Imaging Society. Moxion established itself as a leader in secure digital dailies workflows. The company enables professionals to collaborate and review camera footage on-set and remotely with the efficiency and immediacy required to make creative decisions during principal photography in 4K high dynamic range (HDR) quality and with studio-grade security, reducing rework.

Google's vision: AI at "every step" of production


Speaking at last week's annual SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, Kember set out the latest advances in ML and described how artificial intelligence (AI) and ML could shape the future of the media and entertainment industry. Kember, who previously worked as a CG Supervisor at animation and VFX facilities Tippet Studio and Framestore, described ML applications in media as an area "near and dear to my heart." "Machine learning at every step of the way is where we are going with this" - Jeff Kember Kember said: "I jumped out of production because I wanted to change how the industry worked, but I couldn't do it from the inside." According to Kember, Google is "taking the entire production pipeline for episodic TV or features and making it available globally," from the entire media workflow from camera footage to archiving and disaster recovery. He said: "Instead of saying'let's get all the way to the end of the pipeline, where the image is complete and ready for distribution', we wanted to look at how to insert ML in the entire production cycle; I wanted to take raw footage from every camera and use something like Colorfront to debayer it, run a machine learning pass to generate metadata and JSON throw it into a MAM, do a transcode and produce dailies.

Autodesk buys Solid Angle, makers of the Arnold image renderer


Design software firm Autodesk on Monday said it plans to acquire Solid Angle. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Solid Angle is best known for developing Arnold, an image renderer for 3D animation and other visual effects. The technology has been used in the production of effects-heavy films including "Ex Machina" and "The Martian", as well as the HBO series Game of Thrones. Autodesk plans to offer Arnold as a standalone renderer for both Autodesk products and third party applications including Houdini, Katana, and Cinema 4D on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.

SMPTE eNewsletter - January 2019


Industry partners, the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Society of Motion Picture and Technology Engineers (SMPTE), and the Video Services Forum (VSF) -- all co-sponsors of the IP Showcase at the 2019 NAB Show -- have announced a call for presentations for the event. The IP Showcase is an education and demonstration pavilion at the NAB Show in Las Vegas that will highlight the benefits of and momentum behind the move to standards-based IP for real-time professional media applications. The SMPTE digital library provides one-stop access to SMPTE resources, informing professionals about the latest technology, products, and industry research as they happen. The library ties together the various elements of the Society's products, including the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, from 1916 to the present; the Society's conference proceedings; and the full suite of SMPTE standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. Click here for pricing and to purchase an individual subscription.

Pre-IBC Flame User Group, London


For the benefit and enlightenment of the UK Flame community, XTFX and Autodesk will be hosting a sneak preview of what's new and what's coming up in Flame 2020, ahead of the IBC show in Amsterdam. Flame Product Manager Will Harris will discuss new features and tools including further advances in machine learning with the new Semantic Keyer, trained to recognise and isolate picture content such as skies for quick enhancements or replacements, along with Motion Vector and Primitive selective modes, IMF mastering, improved shadow casting and more to be announced. As always, the Autodesk development team will have their ears open for feedback and suggestions from users at the sharp end, and there will be the usual opportunities for networking over a drink or two...