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Page 39 of 43 38 POST APRIL 2018 NAB PREVIEW BOSTON — Boris FX ( will be offering tech demos of the newest versions of Sapphire, Continuum and Mocha at this year's 2018 NAB Show. The Academy Award-winning tools found in Mocha Pro, Mocha VR, Sapphire, and Continuum will feature a new Essential Interface Mode to help editors and VFX artists solve tracking and masking challenges in less time. Mocha Pro and Mocha VR will be updated in 2018 with an improved interface, new tools for ro- toscoping and mask creation, and speed improve- ments in object removal and clean plating. The company will also be offering special technology previews of the Boris FX Suite 2018 and App Manager, which bundles the company's three most popular plug-in tools — Sapphire, Continuum and Mocha Pro —on one license with cost-effective pricing and subscription options, as well as the Boris FX App Manager, a new utility that unifies licensing and application management for all Boris products. Also, the popular motion graphics and par- ticle animation system Boris FX acquired from GenArts, Particle Illusion, is being relaunched with an updated user interface, additional new emitter libraries and fast GPU speeds. Original found- er, Alan Lorence, joins the Boris FX team as the product manager. Particle Illusion will be part of Continuum 12 and the Continuum Particle Unit to be released later this year. BURLINGTON, MA — Avid (, along with Avid Customer Association (ACA) leadership, will be once again holding its well-received fifth an- nual Avid Connect event, immediately preceding the 2018 NAB Show. Attendees will have a chance to in- teract and explore "Innovation in Action" across the global media and entertainment landscape, learning directly from creative, technical and business peers at the forefront of industry innovation and transfor- mation in the digital era. This year's Avid Connect roster of speakers is larger and more user-focused, delivering insights and creating an exchange with such media com- panies such as The Discovery Channel, Digital Production Partnership, DigitalFilm Tree and Sinclair, and technology leaders such as Fortium and Microsoft. Focused through two learning tracks in answer to the industry's most pressing needs, Business of Broadcast & Media and Creation of Compelling Content, Avid Connect 2018 will stress valuable ex- ploration and discovery for participants at all levels of the industry — whether they're a media company executive, part of a production team, or an indepen- dent professional or creative artist. Panels and ses- sions include: The Cloud Revolution: Taking Media Operations to New Heights; Navigate Immersive Viewer Experiences: New Business Prospects, New Potential Content in VR & AR; Master the Workflow: The Clearest Path to Becoming a Feature Film Editor and Creating a Compelling Immersive Audio Mix for VR Content. "The Avid Customer Association's unique mission and proposition to create an inclusive platform for anyone in our industry to collaborate and take action is the key to its record for producing more beneficial gatherings year after year," says Avid CEO and president Jeff Rosica. "Avid's proud of what we've created in partnership with the ACA lead- ership and members who are stepping forward to collaboratively address our collective needs. We're eager for attendees to enjoy the synergy among the gathered thought leaders, business trendsetters, technology innovators and award-winning creative artists from Avid's preeminent client and user com- munity and beyond." LOS ANGELES — Xytech ( has launched Dash, a new cloud-based software built to manage the operational needs of small- er facilities. The subscription-based software takes three days to install and enables smaller video departments and post operations the ability to leverage Xytech's workflow capabilities. Further, Dash offers no-compromise security as part of Microsoft Azure Managed Cloud. "Dash offers complete facility management in the cloud in a preconfigured way for the small- er facility," explains Greg Dolan of Xytech. "This allows us to address a truly exciting and under- served market and provide an entirely new set of customers with plug-and-play facility manage- ment capabilities." The new Dash offering allows Xytech to seam- lessly manage the end-to-end business cycle for customers in the small-to-medium size range. These customers range from large universities with sophisticated media de- partments, to corporate communication departments and boutique post facilities. Xytech's monthly subscription model for Dash offers access to dashboards, graphs and charts. Customers can manage resources, handle scheduling tasks, cost forecasting, invoicing and reporting all on one system. Dash also offers the option of a built-in library management program and the option of a bidding module, en- abling users to bid on a project and have it accepted on the spot. The new Web interface allows users easy access to the Dash applications from any supported Web browser. BORIS FX TO OFFER SAPPHIRE, CONTINUUM AND MOCHA TECH DEMOS AVID TO HOLD FIFTH AVID CONNECT XYTECH LAUNCHES DASH MANAGEMENT SOLUTION FOR POST Boris updated Particle Illusion's UI. A look at last year's event. Dash is a cloud-based soware.

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