Friday, March 11, 2011
News: CoreMelt Software Revs Up Documentary Web Series ''The North''
Company’s Advanced Plugins Play Starring Role in Curbsyde Productions’ Adventure Travelogue
On the road with Curbsyde Productions and ‘’RTC:The North'' -- the short reality series whose postproduction workflow features CoreMelt’s Lock & Load.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- Watch ''RWC: The North,'' the outdoor adventure series that centers on two motorcycle riders ‘reconnecting with Canada” (hence RWC) and you are bound to see stunning vistas, treacherous icy roads, untamed wildlife and more. What you won’t see is unstable video footage thanks to the show’s producers, Curbsyde Productions use of CoreMelt, the developer of advanced video plug-in effects, and their Lock & Load line of image stabilization tools.
''The North,'' a new 12 part, 11-minute motorcycle adventure/ HD video documentary premiered February 13 and will air online and on such services as Openfilm, Verizon FiOS, TiVo, Boxee and others weekly through March 29.
''CoreMelt has allowed us to fine tune our workflow and incorporate some great effects and transitions that are very simple to tweak for a bit more individual flair in each episode,'' Joe Lloyd, Curbsyde Productions Producer, says. ''On top of that Lock & Load is superb at reducing shake and rolling shutter. As we ‘run and gun’ a lot of the time, the addition of Lock & Load has proven essential. Before starting this project we demoed pretty much everything advertised to reduce shake with a CMOS-based camera and they were all pretty horrible. Lock & Load is the first product to remove the Jell-O effect on most of the shots, which is great.''
''The North'' is an adventure lived and seen from behind a motorcycle helmet visor -- from the unique perspective of two riders exploring Northern Canada on icy and snowed in roads, facing extraordinary weather conditions and discovering not only the geographical wonders of Northern Canada, but also the amazing people that make it a place of wonder, beauty and danger known throughout the world.
To capture the action, cameraman Jesse Clark, who travels with the show’s host “Ice Man” Paul Mondor, shoots with 2 Canon 5D mk2's and one Canon 7D and edits on the road using 2 MacBook Pro laptops running Final Cut Studio that are typically powered in a support vehicle when they aren't stopped for the night. Sound is captured from Sennheiser ME66's and fed into the Canon 5D's via a Beacktek DXA-5da. We also use a Zoom H4N recorder and some wireless lav systems when needed. The production team reviews dailies and tags what we like to edit into a webisode. Even that, Lloyd says, takes a lot of effort especially after riding all day, so a lot of tagging is done by the camera team en-route as well to speed up the entire process.
''During editing we like to have as much templated out as possible,'' Lloyd explains. ''Intros, lower 3rds, credit rolls, maps, are all done in advance. Then we drop in clips, record voiceover as needed and get it uploaded as soon as possible.''
Adds Lloyd, ''Speed is incredibly important to us, as is ease of use, and after quite a bit of testing of other plug-ins, we use CoreMelt's color correcting and altering options pretty much exclusively. They’re faster, more intuitive, than the built-in FCP controls, while not sacrificing any quality.''
''Given my background of working on feature films and visual effects work, I completely understand the need for tools that perform specific tasks easily, quickly and will output a high quality result,'' CoreMelt Founder Roger Bolton says. ''CoreMelt’s plugins have all been designed to give you quick, accurate results and perform the tasks you need to do, without having to muck around with a million sliders. And as they are all GPU accelerated, they are very fast.''
You can see CoreMelt’s Lock & Load product in action on “RWC: The North” by here: http://curbsyde.com/?cat=43. You can also keep up with the show on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/reconnectingwithcanada?sk=wall.
Additionally, ''RWC: The North'' producer Joe Lloyd will be a guest speaker on the use of CoreMelt plugins in the webinar ''Shooting and Editing in Difficult Locations'' on April 26 at 10am PST to 11:30am PST (1pm to 2:30pm EST). For more information click here: www.filmmakingwebinars.com
About Curbsyde Productions:
Founded by Joe and Flora Lloyd as a “vehicle” to produce their own adventure documentaries, Curbsyde specializes in motorcycle adventure travel. Curbsyde’s focus is on the journey just as much as the destinations. Its HD series are filled with “obtainable” adventures created for online distribution using the latest in technology. For additional information, please visit http://curbsyde.com/
CoreMelt, established in 2005 is a Sydney, Australia-based developer of advanced video plug-in effects for the editorial, composting, design and visual effects communities. The company’s CoreMelt Complete V2 is a comprehensive line of professional products featuring over 200 GPU accelerated plug-ins featuring the company’s newly introduced V2 user interface – ranging from soft organic glows and blurs to advanced color correction and image stabilization tools – that give unprecedented functionality to motion graphic designers and visual effects artists. CoreMelt products are available worldwide through the internet and resellers in the US, UK, Taiwan and Japan. For additional information on CoreMelt and its range of products, visit: http://www.coremelt.com
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