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Bits & Pieces Muse VFX opens in Hollywood H Vice in production of Season 2 for HBO B ROOKLYN, NY — Vice ( began as a cutting edge print publication that targeted the 18- to 34-year-old demographic with articles from around the world about social injustice, economics and underground cultures.The 18-yearold magazine still thrives, but over the past seven years, its team of journalists have expanded their storytelling reach beyond print — first to the Web and more recently to television, with a series on HBO — titled Vice — which presents a collection of short documentaries each week. VP of post production Mike Daniels joined the company just as it was breaking into the new avenue of content delivery. He was one of just 20 employees when he joined the company's Brooklyn headquarters, and has witnessed a rapid expansion over the years. Today, Vice's Brooklyn office is home to 250 employees, and the company has 34 offices worldwide, including space in China, Mexico, the UK and Germany. In fact, Vice was just about to open up a new Los Angeles office when Post caught up with Daniels. Vice, Daniels recalls, had been working with Spike Jones a number of years ago and the director encouraged the company to document its interviews, with the idea of sharing them on the Web. At first, Vice captured media on the DV format in 720p.They would edit videos in one of three suites outfitted with Apple's Final Cut Pro — Version 4 back then. Today, Vice crews head into the field with Canon C300s and 5Ds. They edit in Final Cut Pro 7 and have more than 40 workstations in New York alone. In 2013, Vice produced ten 30-minute episodes for OLLYWOOD — Visual effects and design group Muse VFX has opened its doors in the heart of Hollywood, providing services for television, feature films, commercials, special venues and online content. Muse is led by founder/creative director/senior VFX supervisor, John Gross, who was formerly senior executive of Eden FX at Point.360. Gross has developed an efficient workflow for creating high quality visual effects within television's tight deadlines and budgets. This philosophy and approach is the foundation upon which Muse VFX is built. "We offer a 4K ready boutique environment with incredibly talented people and powerful tools," says Gross. "We partner with our clients — from pre-production to delivery — developing and executing solutions that provide the most efficient workflows. But ultimately it's all about our gifted artists and what they are able to create week after week." While at Eden FX at Point.360, Gross oversaw the company's creation of visual effects. His team created VFX for television and feature films, and recently completed extensive VFX for the IMAX feature Mysteries of the Unseen World  and the  Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction  at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Current Muse television clients include MTV's Teen Wolf, CBS's  NCIS  and Disney's  Dog with a Blog, among others. Yamaha & Steinberg partner on DAW/console B UENA PARK, CA— Yamaha ( and Steinberg have teamed up to offer Nuage, a flexible audio system that allows studios to match components and applications to meet their specific workflow requirements. Nuage consists of hardware work-surface components, a sleek interface, visual feedback elements, networkable audio interface units, and a software-based digital audio workstation. The Yamaha control surface features a combination of fader and main control units. At the core 4 Post • December 2013 is Steinberg's Nuendo DAW software. Dante audio networking provides unrestricted system design and expandability both in the studio and in situations where audio is to be shared with live mixing systems. And while the system is new, Yamaha has already added two new features to Nuage. The ADR Mode for the Nuage Master allows the operator to quickly and easily enable the Nuendo 6 ADR Taker functionality on the Ncs500-CT to provide transport control for the Rehearse, Review

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