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IBC, Easy as 1, 2, 3…!

Carl fresh from IBC, gives us his thoughts on the future.
2015’s International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) was the chance for many manufacturers to release new 4K products for the Indie and small post house market.  And we are shopping for exactly this sort of camera so exploring the stands and trying the products was one of my main tasks!  Cameras on our shopping list include Sony’s FS7 and new compact FS5, Canon’s new C300mk2, Panasonic’s DVX200 and Blackmagic’s new Ursa Mini 4.6 and 4K.  Of course I approach cameras as an editor, Mark feeling left out had to make do with constant texts and phone calls from the stands.
Pairing any of these cameras with a Shogun external recorder will give us quick turnaround in the edit with native DNxHR recording of 4K so that ticks my primary concern in the work flow!  So it is on to ergonomics.  Display conditions don’t really give me a feel for image quality so I’m mainly looking at ease of use and layout.  Straight away the Canon falls off the list in my eyes in this regard!  The Sony FS5 is impressive but the clear winners are the Panasonic and Australia’s home grown Ursa Mini.  Two very different cameras, the Panasonic’s fixed lens gives us a run and gun production camera with fast setup.  The Ursa gives us sexy bokeh shots and specialist shots using our canon lenses – but slower to set up and requiring a lot of accessories.  Ergonomically I like them both, with clear, crisp, large LCD viewfinders and well laid out controls.  So let’s have both!!!
Well not quite – we’ll probably start with the DVX200 to replace our current production camera for 4K work and run and gun productions, following this up with purchase of the Ursa for those sexy shots, macro and long lens nature work.  The sweetener with the Blackmagic gear is DaVinci Resolve, full version with every purchase.  This is the industry standard in colour grading software and is rapidly gaining a reputation in the editing area too.
 
Next report – Drones!  A feast of offerings on show, stay tuned!
 
 
Cheers, Carl
IBC Carl Ninja/Shogun stand

Carl at Atomos IBC stand.

Wunderschlecht 2015

Wunderschlecht 2015! GMi enters the International Art scene.

 
2015 saw a new collaborative venture for GMi with the filming and production of Wunderschlecht! the making of a piece of international art in Germany.
Filmed in Berlin (world capital of pop art and music) at the invitation of Instinktiv Kreativ’s Steve Jahns, Carl ventured over to filmed the piece.  With music by local Berlin artist Sascha Aviar from the Telekollegen crew – and help from Carlo, Phillip and the crew from Instiktiv, the production looks set to air on national TV and WEB in 2016 as part of a “Street Art” festival.  Looking ahead to 2016-2017 and hopefully the success of this production will see us working on a lot more in the future.

Wunderschlecht is stricktly not a German word or phrase!  Taking Wunder for “wonder” and Schlecht for “bad”, its literal translation is “Wonderfully Bad”.  It is taking some time to convince the German residents that this should be a legitimate word – watch this space as it becomes part of pop culture through our T-Shirt and merchandising campaign!

Check out the video here: Wunderschlecht!

Check out the music here: Sascha Aviar feat. #INSTANTBONER – Pong Pang (Franco Bianco Remix)

And  the artists at work here: Instinktiv Kreativ

A big shout out to all the crew in Berlin for making this possible!

 

Water corporation Waterwise

GMi gets wise with the Water Corporation

The Water Corporation of Western Australia is about to launch a series online training packages based around businesses and households becoming Waterwise users. These packages were fully produced in-house here at GEO Media interactive (GMi) and contained video components, animations, interactive media and programming, as well as SCORM and LMS authoring and implementation.

 

Whats more the work we have been done has been submitted as an entry into a statewide award. More details on the award entry and packages will be made available in early 2016 when the training goes live! In the meantime check out the Water Corporation website and learn what it means to be Waterwise!

 

Gateway WA supports our AFL teams!

Lighting the way to the preliminary finals

 Gateway WA supported WA AFL teams recently by lighting the Sky Ribbon panels of the Grand Gateway in the colours of the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers, for the AFL finals.

Motorists saw Dockers (purple and white) and Eagles (yellow and blue) lit panels line the way to and from Perth Airport, creating a memorable entry to and exit from the state as finals fever gripped the city.

The Sky Ribbon is an urban design feature of the project, made up of more than 220 aluminium panels that connect three bridge structures at the Grand Gateway interchange at Tonkin Highway / Leach Highway.

Check out a short video of the lights changing here!

For more information on the Gateway WA project click here!

Dockers Skyribbon

 

 

Lamby focusing on cameras at IBC 2015!

Cameras at IBC 2015

Panasonic and Carl

 

Lambys adventures continued with looking at some of the newly released 4k cameras at IBC 2015. Lamby showed particular interest in the upcoming offerings from Panasonic the AG-DVX200, Sony the PXW-FS7 and Australian manufacturer Black Magic design very own URSA Mini 4.6K (15 Stops of Dynamic range!!!).  These cameras, along with new drones and external monitor/recorders has got Mark M very keen indeed to sit down with Lamby and geek out over the upcoming video production tech.

Watch this space as when Lamby returns home here to GEO Media Interactive he will be giving a more in-depth look at his findings from IBC 2015, and Carl will be back too! To see What Carl and Lamby got up to at IBC previously click here!

Or if you would like to know more about the International Broadcast Convention of 2015 click here.

Cameras at IBC 2015

URSA MINI

Lamby fresh from the BBC is loose at IBC 2015!

Lamby after taking in the world class facilities of the BBC has signed in to IBC 2015 masquerading as Carl Beyboer.

Lamby made straight for the editing software providers at AVID, Adobe, and Black Magic Design Resolve to see what they had to offer. Lamby seemed particularly interested in Avid and Resolves new systems as GMi ventures further into 4k production. Back home in Oz Mark M is looking forward to Lambys reports on the new range of 4k+ cameras being shown, keep an eye out for that part of the trip soon.

Find more info on IBC Here.

If you are wondering just who Lamby is you can find out here!

   Lamby Avid       

The CB to IBC 2015!

The 2015 International Broadcast Convention, or IBC, is on again in Amsterdam and this year I (Carl) am making the trip for the first time. The convention provides an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their latest offerings in technology – from acquisition, post, storage, and broadcast media platforms – anything to do with content really!

So what is it all about? The last 5 years has seen an explosion in the way content is delivered and viewed, as well as the roll out of new formats, including the never ending cycle of increasing resolution! With UHD/4K a reality for end users, talk is now of higher resolutions still and the compression techniques and formats to deliver them. I will be attending seminars and workshops across a spectrum of topics that involve our work now, and where we see it in the future.

From an production perspective, we have been creating and delivering UHD/4K content for nearly 2 years. This process saw us build and commission a new 4k edit suite in the form of an Avid Media Composer workstation that was equally capable of cutting as well as compositing. But this year it is the camera department’s turn and I will be getting hands on with Sony, Panasonic, Arri, Canon and Blackmagic’s 4k production camera lineup prior to purchase. Much to the envy of the two Marks.

In the software areas I’ll be visiting Avid (of course), Adobe, Lightworks and Blackmagic. Blackmagic’s “Resolve” software is rapidly gaining a reputation for editing as well as its more traditional colour correction role. This could see it join Avid as our #1 long form edit platform.

Then of course there are all the other manufactures and “toys” I’ll be looking at. Drones are big news right now, and our current 4K test platform will get superseded by a monster rig with production 4K acquisition in the next 12 months – with my own personal CASA certification.

So stay tuned – on my return I plan to write a series of articles on what I learn at IBC 2015!

GMi has a new website!!!

Welcome to GEO Media Interactives new look website! Big Thanks to the team at Linkletters for designing our new look, we love it! Keep checking back to our website as you will see lots of new content being added here and on our Youtube channel!

If you would like more information drop us a line at our contact page, let us tell your story!

 

Curtin Physical Access Plan

The team here at GEO Media Interactive have been again working with one of Western Australia’s premier universities, Curtin University. This time GMi have produced a video showcasing the stellar work by Curtin towards making the university welcoming and accessible to all of its staff, students and visitors.

Curtin Disvid colours

Bushfire control with DPaW

Hosing Fire

Following on from the recent prescribed burning videos GMi produced for the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and used by commercial stations in programs such as Today Tonight, the team here at GMi and DPaW are working together again.

Mark recently spent a week embedded with the DPaW fire fighting teams. Based in the Perth Hills Mundaring office, Mark filmed the teams as they responded to fires, but also captured the important work the teams do when there are no fires. It’s not just maintaining their vehicles and equipment, it’s work like feral pest reduction programs, the rehabilitation of fire affected areas, and building bridges in our national parks.

For more information on the amazing work DPaW does click here.

Firetruck 1