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January 2017

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Page 3 of 43 2 POST JANUARY 2017 ost began its 2017 Outlook coverage in December, and it continues here and online with lots of insight from throughout the post production industry. James Tucci of Archion Technologies took time to share his thoughts on the storage industry and what manufacturers are facing in the foreseeable future. Capacity, speed, latency and throughput are all factors that will continue to influence product releases and 4K, says Tucci, is just the beginning. "We're going to be capturing 8K, 16K and stereoscopic VR within the next year to two. Even with compression, we will still see digital storage increase its capacity by five to six times what it is today." Future storage, he adds, is going to have to increase bandwidth exponentially. "The days of 300MB/sec. working are gone. And stacking small RAID systems to get high bandwidth is a losing sum game." Michael Nikonov, the founder of Moscow, Russia-based iPi Soft, also provides insight, online, into the challenges his company is facing in developing markerless motion cap- ture software. Their tools were used by Iloura on Game of Thrones' popular "Battle of the Bastards" episode. Accuracy, says Nikonov, and realtime performance are two hurdles that they are focusing their attention on. "While realtime capture exists in some markerless motion capture systems (the realtime version of iPi Motion Capture is scheduled for release in 2017), for more sophisticated pro- duction pipelines, the barriers to deliver an affordable realtime, markerless solution are con- strained in part by the mismatch between huge computing power requirements of marker- less motion capture and the actual capabilities of modern personal computers," he explains. "As software developers, we are constantly aiming to improve speed and accuracy. Last year, we were able to deliver processing speeds four times faster than previous algorithms at 15fps — very close to realtime, for customers using standard, off-the-shelf Kinect devices, with twice the accuracy…While significant challenges remain before us, we are hopeful 2017 will bring new hardware and optimizations of software. This will in-turn allow us to release our affordable solution with realtime speeds and immediate feedback for mocap actors, resulting in an overall improved and reliable markerless mocap workflow." Visit for much more insight into the year ahead. t press time, the Golden Globe Awards had already been presented and the Screen Actors Guild Awards have not yet been handed out. While these two awards are predominantly focused on performance, they can also act as preludes to the Academy Awards and offer hints as to which way members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences might vote on February 26th — on Oscar night. For the past few months, the buzz has been building over a number of films — La La Land, Moonlight, Hacksaw Ridge, Loving, Manchester By The Sea, Fences, Elle, Jackie, Arrival, Hidden Figures and Lion, to name a few, and Post has been covering a good number of these films, both in print and online, speaking with directors, editors, DPs and more. For some of the year's bigger visual spectacles such as Captain America: Civil War, Passengers, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, Doctor Strange, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (this month's cover story, courtesy of Christine Bunish, page 22), Moana, Kubo & The Two Strings, we've been chatting with VFX pros and animators for details about some of the films' key sequences and biggest challenges. This month, in a nod to awards season, Post's Iain Blair gives the rundown of the year's most serious Oscar contenders, beginning on page 16, with a focus on the BTS folks from directors and editors to audio editors and VFX specialists. Post editors have also tossed around some of our own predictions on which films we think will be the big winners. But as we learned on Golden Globes night, you can't always predict the unpredictable. La La Land was hot that night, winning all seven awards for which it was nominated, but will the momentum last until next month? If so, we should see some BTS awards handed out as well to the picture editors, audio mixers and such. The awards leading up to Oscar night can certainly offer clues of things to come, but nothing's a sure bet. Post will be keeping a close eye on the happenings and report back on the night's big winners. 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