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69 SPRING 2015 / CINEMONTAGE 69 SPRING 2015 / CINEMONTAGE TECH TIPS by Joseph Herman W hile some things never change, other things really do. Fifteen years into the third millennium, the business of making motion pictures has been significantly affected by new technology. Computers and software have profoundly changed the way we do our jobs, and editors have embraced the creative freedom and unlimited opportunities for experimentation that is possible with NLEs. The Internet is another innovation that has the potential to have a marked effect on the way movies are made. While the web isn't exactly new, it wasn't all that long ago that video on the Internet was something of a luxury, since most people didn't have fast enough of a connection to support it. Today, broadband is piped into most homes and Wi-Fi can be found in many public places throughout the land. Internet video has gone from tiny 320p resolutions to high-definition sizes of 1080p and beyond, and has become an important distribution platform in its own right. In addition to distribution, it has also radically altered the way aspiring filmmakers show their work to the world. Instead of relying on film festivals, you can put your work online for the entire world to see — and it's all free (except, of course, for a monthly Internet access fee). While enhanced exposure and distribution are certainly important benefits to moviemakers, the 'net is also affecting the process of making moving pictures, especially during post-production. While some rely on e-mails and posting works-in-progress on Vimeo or YouTube, a lot more is needed, such as being able to leave comments and directions at specific time codes in a video, as well as enhanced collaboration between editors, directors, producers, clients and executives on a production, whether they are in the same building, across town or thousands of miles away. LET'S KOLLABORATE Digital Rebellion's Kollaborate is a Cloud-based review and approval system designed to simplify the way video production teams work together and share content — whether you are creating a feature film or a video for the Internet. It is aimed at production companies, editorial houses, freelancers and networks; indeed everywhere video needs to be viewed, reviewed, approved and commented upon. Kollaborate is the brainchild of Jon Chappell, who is not only Digital Rebellion's CEO and lead developer, but is also a longtime editor and post-production supervisor who has first-hand experience of the demands and pressures faced by professionals every day. Kollaborate's suite of tools streamlines video and audio workflows by providing feedback and remote collaboration. Kollaborate also offers comprehensive integration with professional interchange formats. Along with an online interface, there are also free desktop and mobile applications that provide a range of useful functions to make it easier to upload to the Cloud, monitor watch folders on your computer, take Kollaboration in the Kloud The power of Kollaborate comes in its ability to let all the members of your team play videos from the Cloud and share comments about them at specific time codes

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