Location Sound Corp., an authorized dealer of Lectrosonics products, provides Sales, Rental, Service support to location sound mixers and audio engineers. Lectrosonics, based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico is a manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products.
Q&A with Gary Bettan from Videoguys
Q: What are the latest trends you're seeing in production and post production?
A: The biggest trend in Post Production is the decision that many Apple Final Cut Pro editors are faced with, now that FCPX is available. We are spending a lot of time talking to our customers about the many options available to them. Adobe and Avid are both offering special "switcher" or "crossgrade" promotions with discounts at 50% or more. We've seen great interest from all levels of customer's especially post houses and professional editors who are very concerned, frustrated and feeling abandoned by Apple.
Q: Care to comment on the new version of Final Cut Pro X?
A: First let me say that I think FCPX is loaded with cool technology and features. Personally I like the Magnetic Timeline, Range-based Keywords and the audition tool. Native 64-bit code allows you to edit most HD footage natively. But it comes with a big catch. So many features are missing that Professional Post requires: 3rd party hardware support, multicam, plug-in support and most importantly the ability to import your existing FCP projects. For more details on FCPX, our take and what options FCP editors have, Check out this article on our website.
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Q: Share with us a little bit about BlackSky Computing
A: Located in Redondo Beach, California, BlackSky Computing designs, markets and sells High Performance Computing (HPC) systems. BlackSky Computing systems address time critical project needs requiring very large amounts of compute power and storage in a variety of industries including entertainment (VFX and CGI), aerospace / engineering, life sciences / biotechnology, academia, oil and gas exploration, finance, manufacturing, and defense research. BlackSky systems are used by several major Hollywood Studios, including Graffiti Studios which used the hardware to compose and render scenes from Avatar.
Q: Can you tell us about any new products that were shown at Siggraph 2011?
A: At SIGGRAPH BlackSky we introduced the Apollo Series Enterprise Storage System specifically designed for HPC applications. The Apollo storage system dramatically improves compute intensive applications performance at a cost that is two to four times less than existing systems. It packs 180TB in a small eco-friendly 4U chassis and eliminates storage bottlenecks thus enabling HPC systems to operate at raw transfer rates of 80GB / sec.
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Green Facts: By the Numbers
Once: the number of times that most of the more than 25 billion cartons manufactured in the U.S. are used.
55 percent: the amount of water saved by producing recycled paper as compared to virgin paper. Recycled paper also takes 60-70 percent less energy to produce.
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