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Bits & Pieces M ARKHAM, ONTARIO — The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus ( is using Digital Rapids' StreamZHD encoding system to help educate students and deliver online streams of their live productions from its mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. Digital Rapids, here, offers media transformation and workflow solutions. Its StreamZHD ingest, encoding and archive systems deliver high-quality, multi-for- Students and emerging artists alike are afforded the opportunity to create original content alongside accomplished musicians and a team of experienced engineers. "We want our students to get hands-on experience with the same equipment they'll encounter in professional studios should they enter the industry, and since we are often producing shows featuring A-list celebrities, quality and reliability are critically important," notes Jeff Sobel, chief engineer for The John Lennon Educa- mat video capture, encoding, transcoding and streaming in versatile configurations that integrate easily into any professional environment. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit organization that has traveled across the US and Canada for the past 16 years, serving as a legacy to John Lennon by providing young people with free access to hands-on music and video creation tools. tional Tour Bus. "We also needed to be able to stream multi-bitrate video with state-of-the-art codec implementations and have complete control over the streams' specifications. StreamZHD was recommended to us by our streaming infrastructure partner TodoCast." Check out the bus' tour schedule by visiting them online: Extreme Music & Hans Zimmer launch Bleeding Fingers L OS ANGELES — Extreme Music (, the production music arm of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, has partnered with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and his longtime business partner Steve Kofsky in The Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop. The new business will be housed in a multi-million-dollar, 7,500-square-foot facility that's under construction and scheduled to open in Q1 of '14. Bleeding Fingers will focus on creating show-specific libraries for unscripted, reality, documentary and light drama television productions. According to Russell Emanuel, CEO of Bleeding Fingers and Extreme Music, the company spent approximately eight months exploring opportunities, during which Bleeding Fingers scored over 30 shows. These included Boston's Finest, Duck Dynasty, Hatfield's & McCoys: White Bleeding Fingers' (L-R) Russell Lightening and The Men Who Built America. The company earned Emanuel and Steve Kofsky. ASCAP and BMI Awards for its work on the History Channel's Mountain Men during this time. When complete, The Bleeding Fingers Custom Music Shop will include as many as 18 rooms, some designed for writing, and others geared toward live recording. 4 Post • September 2013 Nashville's Hummingbird Productions ( has completed work on a string of national commercial campaigns.The studio produced music and sound design for Prilosec OTC's Picnic spot, starring Larry the Cable Guy, as well as for "Chili's Free One Million Flatbread Giveaway." The studio also wrote and produced original music for the Purina Beneful Web video, Don't Forget to Play. Composer Sean Callery is nominated for his 13th Emmy Award, being recognized in the "Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music" category for his work on CBS's Elementary. Callery continues to work on the second season of Elementary, as well as on the third season of Homeland, and the ninth season of Bones. Composer Nate Barr has two nominations in the "Main Title" Emmy category. Barr's work on FX's The Americans and Netflix's Hemlock Grove are both in the running. In addition to working on the second seasons of both shows, Barr has scored all six seasons of HBO's True Blood. Blackmagic (www.blackmagicdesign. com) recently cut pricing for both its EF and MFT model Cinema Cameras. Priced at $1,995, the Cinema Camera offers 13 stops of wide dynamic range and a 2.5K sensor. RAW, ProRes or DNxHD recording is possible, allowing files to be opened directly in most popular editing software programs. Customers can choose from the EF-compatible mount model, which lets them use Canon and Zeiss lenses with full electronic control of the iris, or the Passive Micro Four Thirds (MFT) model, which gives users compatibility with a wide range of manually-operated lenses, while also being easily adapted to other mounts, such as PL mount via thirdparty adapters. Thomas Gewecke, chief digital officer and executive VP for strategy and business development at Warner Bros. Entertainment, will be a keynote presenter at the SMPTE 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition. Gewecke will speak on the future of content in an increasingly Internetbased world. The SMPTE 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (www. will take place October 22-24 in Hollywood, at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. at a glance John Lennon Bus educates students, artists

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