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products SilhouetteFX improves Nuke integration LOS ANGELES — SilhouetteFX (http:// is offering tighter integration with The Foundry's Nuke and Nuke X 3D VFX compositing software. Silhouette — a roto, paint, keying, matting and warping tool — had always been able to export its shapes/ layers to Nuke, but now users can bring shapes/layers from Nuke into Silhouette. This can be done using a new Nuketo-Silhouette shape exporter (Nuke .fxs Exporter) — an open source python script developed at Boundary Visual Effects by Magno Borgo. Now, any shape/layer created in Nuke or imported into Nuke from another product can be converted to the Silhouette shape format and imported into Silhouette. The Nuke .fxs Exporter is compatible with a minimum of Silhouette V.5 and Nuke V.7, and is free. It can be downloaded from: https://github. com/magnoborgo/Nuke FXS Exporter. New licenses for Silhouette V.5 are $1,495. Upgrades from V.3/4 to V.5 are $495. 42 TitaniumZ storage supports multiple editors Media Tray for handy devices O AKDALE, MN — Small Tree ( has introduced a new all-in-one, realtime Ethernet-based shared storage solution that's designed and optimized for video editors who require shared access to media files. The TitaniumZ is capable of supporting up to 24 video editing workstations without needing an Ethernet switch. Offered in three scalable models — TitaniumZ-5, TitaniumZ-8 and TitaniumZ-16 — the shared storage product can be configured with up to 20 10GbE ports or 24 GbE ports, with storage capacities (raw) from 10 Terabytes to 1 Petabyte. TitaniumZ can also be upgraded on site through ZFS technology, which enables servers to integrate newly-added storage while keeping existing files intact. TitaniumZ offer a simple set up and management, RAID protection and Small Tree's tech support. All three systems can work across multiple protocols (AFP, SMB, NFS and iSCSI) and platforms, including Adobe Creative Suite, Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and X, and Autodesk Smoke. Additionally, Mint project sharing software from Flavoursys is included, offering seamless project and media sharing for Media Composer. Drive configurations range from five to 144, supporting 16 to 144 concurrent ProRes 422 streams. Pricing starts at $7,428 for the TitaniumZ-5, $11,848 for the TitaniumZ-8 and $21,835 for the TitaniumZ-16. Vicon offers new facial mocap solution D ENVER — Motion capture technology developer Vicon ( has introduced Cara, a new facial mocap system designed to allow film and game studios to bring characters to life. Cara is available as a standalone product or can be integrated as part of a full Vicon motion capture workflow. Studios can take up to four high definition images and pass them either through Vicon's CaraPost software to automatically produce 3D points, or their processing pipeline of choice. The Vicon Cara system consists of a Pico logger, four Pico cameras (720p, 60fps, global shutter/ monochrome), four Pico camera-to-BOB cables, one Pico BOB-to-logger cable, two batteries and cable, a battery charger with power lead, the Cara HeadRig, Cara calibration objects, and a case. The Cara system uses two software solutions. CaraLive has access to all Cara system functions for set-up, calibration, capture, control and recording. Exporting is possible from this software not only to CaraPost, but to other external software packages via a variety of formats. CaraPost software offers frame-by-frame calibration, tracking, editing and export functions. The output of CaraPost consists of 3D points representing markers on the face. . BURBANK — Matthews Studio Equipment's ( new Media Tray allows pros to keep their electronic devices on-hand anywhere they are. Media Tray ($140) supports up to 35 pounds and can hold laptops, as well as smart phones and tablets. The 10.5-inch-by-16.5inch tray is equipped with an industry standard 3/8-inch female thread on the bottom, and a removable 5/8inch (baby) adapter for mounting to a light stands or other hardware. It weighs two pounds and offers air slots to keep electronics cool. Monarch HD simplifies streaming and recording Post • September 2013 D ORVAL, QUEBEC — Matrox's ( Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use video streaming and recording appliance that's designed for video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. Priced at $995, Monarch HD provides two independent delivery channels in an integrated unit. From any HDMI input source, such as a camera or switcher, Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bit rates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive or a network-mapped drive. The appliance is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a Web browser.

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