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Kings Vision captures excitement of second Stanley Cup victory

LA Kings production team edits second season of Emmy Award-winning Stanley Cup Moments using Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Only two years after becoming Stanley Cup Champions in 2012, the LA Kings reclaimed the title, winning the 2014 Stanley Cup. With these championship wins, fans of the LA Kings have only become more vocal in their support of the team. Kings Vision, led by Director of Production Aaron Brenner, helps fans gain a better appreciation for their team and relive the highlights with spectacular video content.

After the 2012 championship, Kings Vision used Adobe Premiere Pro CC software to wow fans with a series of video highlights called Stanley Cup Moments, which received three nominations and a win for Sports Feature at the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. Brenner and his team have just wrapped up a 2014 edition of the well-received mini-series.

If you happen to be attending the 2015 NAB Show, Brenner will be delivering a presentation entitled “LA Kings: Producing Championship Content with Creative Cloud” in the Adobe theater on Tuesday, April 14th at 9:30 am and Wednesday, April 15th at 2:00 pm.

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“Dead Rising: Watchtower” film attracts online viewers

Entire production process for digital release completed in six months with help from Adobe Creative Cloud

Video game aficionados are no doubt familiar with Dead Rising, a third-person action video game franchise that has sold more than 7.6 million copies worldwide. In 2014, Contradiction Films, which specializes in finding properties in the video game world that can become good feature films, secured the film rights to Dead Rising: Watchtower. The company then locked in Legendary Entertainment’s Television and Digital Media division as a co-producer and Crackle, Sony Pictures Television’s streaming service and television network, for distribution.

With an extremely short production schedule, Zach Lipovsky, the film’s director, began shooting in October 2014 and finished just a few weeks later in early November. Lipovsky brought in former colleagues Andy Levine, who served as post-production supervisor, and Mike Jackson who edited the film in less than eight weeks. To accomplish the aggressive goal to deliver the film in just six months for its March 27, 2015 premiere on Crackle, the team relied on an integrated Adobe Creative Cloud workflow.

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MLB Network retools editing and post-production environment

MLB’s 24/7 cable TV network helps support 20% year-over-year growth in production demand with Adobe Creative Cloud workflow

MLB Network prides itself on delivering the most comprehensive coverage of baseball anywhere. Since its launch in 2009, the popularity of MLB Network has soared, spurring 20% year-over-year growth in production demand. In 2014, the network adopted all-new editing and post-production technologies to accommodate expansion, boost efficiency, and further raise the bar on quality.

Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise, particularly Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC, are central to the network’s success in staying on the cutting edge of TV production. The network’s ongoing transformation is largely driven by Tab Butler, Director of Media Management and Post-Production; Clive Hayes, Engineering and Post-Production manager; and Chris Schiro, Post-Production Technical Supervisor.

Adobe: What content does MLB Network produce?
Butler: We basically have two seasons, the regular season and off-season. In the regular season we have the job of recording all of the games and creating a highlights factory workflow that produces our content for shows like MLB TonightThe RundownIntentional TalkMLB Now, and Quick Pitch, which focus on the day’s activities and give a snapshot of what’s going on around the league.

In the off-season we are focused on headlines around free agency and longer-form programming. We have daily news shows such as Hot Stove, as well as High Heat with Christopher Russo and MLB Tonight, and we produce several countdown shows, individual player profiles, and other programming that goes behind the daily game and into more of the storytelling about baseball.

Adobe: Tell us about your new environment.
Butler: Our production needs and volume are growing so rapidly that we really wanted to build a foundation for the future. We are rolling out 50 high-performance Cisco UCS C-240 computers as editing stations—all equipped with NVIDIA cards for GPU acceleration. We are now at 38 HD editing stations and are expanding to 50 HD edit workstations, running the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of products.  We also will deploy 250 concurrent licenses for Adobe Premiere for desktop editing. We use a wide range of applications, including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Media Encoder, Prelude, Photoshop, and SpeedGrade.

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The C-240 Workstations are Connected via Multi-Dyne KVM over a Single Dark Fiber as Edit Workstations. Running Adobe Creative Cloud for Content Editing.

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Narrative features showcase creativity at SXSW

When you talk with narrative filmmakers they often express that they have loved movies for as long as they can remember. Some pursue this passion from a young age, diving head first into filmmaking, while others follow different career paths that ultimately lead them to the same place. While the creativity and inspiration for the narrative films at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival varies widely, one thing quite a few films have in common is that they were edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC. The four feature films profiled here share this distinction and are enjoying their world premieres at SXSW.

Part thriller, part romance (Uncle John, Narrative Feature Competition)

Steven Piet and Erik Crary met while working at a small production company in Chicago and immediately hit it off. Both had aspirations to work on a feature film and often sought each other’s feedback on scripts. Eventually, they decided to work on a script together, which ultimately became Uncle John. The film is both a thriller crime story and a romance, taking place in a small Midwestern town and a big city.

 

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Uncle John

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One-of-a-kind documentaries enjoy world premieres at SXSW

By definition, documentary films are factual records or accounts of events, but filmmakers know that they are much, much more. At their core, documentaries connect people with stories in unique and compelling ways. To help immerse viewers in stories that often include archival content and various forms of media, many SXSW filmmakers rely on the integrated applications found in Adobe Creative Cloud. Here, we highlight four films that are both fascinating documentaries and dynamic stories.

An unexpected path to sisterhood (Twinsters, Documentary Feature Competition)
Samantha Futerman got the surprise of a lifetime when after appearing in a film trailer on YouTube, she received a Facebook message asking if she was adopted. Indeed she was, and so was the French fashion student Anaïs Bordier who contacted her and looked extremely familiar. Born on the same day and both adopted from Korea, the two began a journey to discover the truth, were they in fact twin sisters? Futerman asked Bordier if she could document the process and Bordier agreed.

Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier celebrate their first reunion together at the London Eye in Twinsters

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Documentary features shine light on hot topics at SXSW

Documentary films often tackle current events to give audiences a deeper understanding of diverse topics and differing points of view. The SXSW Film Festival 2015 lineup of documentary features includes many films that seem to have anticipated what would be topical for this year’s audiences. Although the subject matters vary, an Adobe Creative Cloud workflow is common among many of this year’s documentary features at SXSW. Here, we look at four films that could have come directly from today’s headlines.

Searching for peace amidst growing violence (Peace Officer, Documentary Feature Competition)

The documentary feature Peace Officer from directors Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber explores the changing behavior and perception of police officers in the United States. The film focuses on Dub Lawrence, a former Utah sheriff who in the 1970s founded the same SWAT team in Utah that killed his son-in-law in 2008. After meeting Lawrence and learning about his mission to understand what happened, Christopherson and Barber decided to make a film that investigated this and other cases characterized by volatility and violence.

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Image of Dub Lawrence from Peace Officer

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At SXSW 2015: Twice As Many Films Cut with Adobe Premiere Pro

Over 120 films at this year’s SXSW Film used Adobe video applications, including 60 edited on Premiere Pro

What a difference a year makes. Last year at the 2014 SXSW Film Conference & Festival a respectable 23 films had been cut with Premiere Pro, including gems like Evaporating Borders by Iva Radivojevic and The Immortalists by Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado . This year the total has more than doubled with 60 films showing this year edited in Adobe’s professional NLE. Similar growth in Premiere Pro and Creative Cloud usage was seen at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival [add link to Sundance story] and 2014 ended with a bang with the release of David Fincher’s Gone Girl, edited entirely in Premiere Pro with over 80% of the film including effects assembled in After Effects”.

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“We’re really excited to see our growth at SXSW, especially given how this event cuts across genres to showcase artistry in so many different disciplines,” said Al Mooney, product manager for Adobe Premiere Pro. “Premiere Pro is increasingly becoming the go-to NLE, both for established and up-and-coming filmmakers,” he explained. “Editors tell us they feel right at home very quickly and the tight integration with other Creative Cloud applications, like After Effects and Photoshop make this an incredible creative environment to work in.”

Adobe Creative Camp at SXSW 2015

For filmmakers attending SXSW, Adobe will be hosting a Creative Camp on Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th with two sessions focused on video content creation and storytelling.

Below is a listing of films showing at the SXSW film Conference & Festival that incorporated Premiere Pro CC in their post-production workflow.

Narrative Feature Competition

  • THE BOY Director: Craig Macneill, Screenwriters: Craig Macneill, Clay McLeod Chapman (World Premiere)
  • Creative Control Director: Benjamin Dickinson, Screenwriters: Benjamin Dickinson, Micah Bloomberg (World Premiere)
  • KRISHA Director/Screenwriter: Trey Edward Shults (World Premiere)
  • Uncle John Director: Steven Piet, Screenwriters: Erik Crary, Steven Piet (World Premiere)
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The Boy, helmed by Craig McNeill is premiering this year at SXSW

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The Evolution of Film Editing

Originally posted to the Adobe Conversations Blog by Bill Roberts, Senior Director of Product Management, Creative Cloud Video segment

In 1934 the Academy Awards introduced a new category: Film Editing, awarding an Oscar to Conrad A. Nervig for his work on the movie Eskimo. Often called “the invisible art,” editing has made movies possible since they first began, but the field still struggles to gain the appreciation from the general public that it deserves.

At Adobe, however, we have always been big fans. To honor the art of film editing on the eve of the 87th annual Academy Awards, we’ve put together a quick visual timeline spanning 1890 to 2015. Conveying a sense of just how far we’ve come in relatively little time, this overview features a selection of the major milestones that have taken editors from the earliest manual splicing methods to the advanced digital editing software of today.

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Bill Roberts is the senior director of Product Management for Creative Cloud, Video Segment, at Adobe. He has worked in professional video and audio for over 20 years, with the majority of his career focused on developing software tools for creative professionals.  Bill’s career spans time spent editing for Canada’s largest private network, CTV, through to developing software for leading visual effects artists at Discreet Logic / Autodesk and helping broadcasters adapt to changing technologies and workflows at Avid. He is an expert on video, film and file based workflows and the impact that the Internet is having on both content creation and consumption. Bill is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto and resides in Montreal.

 

Rockstar energizes its brand with dynamic videos

In-house video team brings fans closer to the action than ever using Adobe Creative Cloud

From athletes to rock stars, Rockstar Energy Drink is made for people who live active lifestyles. Available in more than 30 countries, Rockstar has sold billions of cans worldwide. Like its name suggests, Rockstar is a brand built on excitement and action, and the company reaches its audience by sponsoring a wide range of sports and music events all over the globe. Rockstar’s video team delivers intense videos that capture the thrill of speeding around the BMX track or hurtling down snow-covered peaks.

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“The Chair” explores filmmaking through the lens of two first-timers

Production team uses Adobe Premiere Pro CC to turn 3,000 hours of documentary footage into 10 compelling television episodes

Chris Moore, executive producer of Project Greenlight, has long been fascinated by the way different creative visions can take projects in wildly different directions. The Chair is a documentary series that follows two directors as they develop their first feature-length films based on the same original screenplay. Over the course of ten episodes, viewers are invited to join Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci as they each bring their own artistic vision to life.

Rob Henry, who’s recently partnered with The Chair’s DGA-award winner Anthony B. Sacco and Director of Photography Dan Kavanaugh to form INTERSECTION, led the creative team in editorial, which was tasked with cutting thousands of hours of behind-the-scenes footage into ten, hour-long episodes. The team, including Editors Dave Henry and Jon Berry and Graphics Artist Austin Brown, began the project working with Avid but soon realized that Adobe Premiere Pro CC would allow them to handle the massive amount source footage more efficiently.

After airing on STARZ in 2014, the series is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, Starz Play, and Starz On Demand and is available to purchase on DVD February 17, 2015.

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The Chair Crew DGA win (L to R) Chris Moore creator/EP, Kyle Stratton Line Producer, Rob Henry producer/editor, Anthony B. Sacco director/EP, Dan Kavanaugh dir. of photography, Julia Perry Sacco domestic goddess, Josh Shader Co-EP/producer Not Cool & Hollidaysburg

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