ProMax Systems Announces Critical Enhancements to Platform Workflow Server

Posted on 06.08.15 at 02:02


ProMAX Platform now includes Native Avid Bin Locking  and Project Sharing

ProMAX Systems, world leader in integrated workflow technology for creative media organizations, today announced a major upgrade to its Platform Workflow Server, ProMAX Platform Version 4.6 with Avid Collaboration Features.

As part of Version 4.6, ProMAX Platform now includes Native Avid Bin Locking (Project Sharing) at no additional cost to customers that have an active software support plan.  This new feature set operates on all Platform Shared storage devices, including the Platform Online, Platform Studio and Platform Portable.

With this latest release, ProMAX Platform provides identical functionality to Avid ISIS® when using Media Composer® allowing multiple editors to collaborate and work seamlessly on a project simultaneously without having to budget the high cost of an Avid Unity® or Avid ISIS®.

“ProMAX is committed to innovation and solving the problems that aren’t being solved,” stated Jess Hartmann, CEO, ProMAX. “This new release allows creatives to be truly collaborative. Editors who are used to Avid environments will feel right at home as Media Composer® acts identically when working on Platform as it does on an ISIS.”


Sonnet Introduces USB 3.0+eSATA Thunderbolt™ Adapter and USB 3.0+Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter

Posted on 29.07.15 at 07:00

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 4.58.35 pmIRVINE, CA—March 4, 2015—Sonnet today announced the launch of its new USB 3.0+eSATA Thunderbolt™ Adapter for easy connectivity to USB 3.0 devices and eSATA storage, and USB 3.0+Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter for easy connectivity to USB 3.0 devices and Gigabit Ethernet wired networking. Both devices leverage Thunderbolt technology to provide an inexpensive connectivity alternative for Mac® and Windows® PC users.

“These adapters are designed for anybody who needs a simple and cost-effective solution for adding high-throughput peripheral and wired networking connectivity to any computer with a Thunderbolt port,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO, Sonnet Technologies. “For early adopters of Thunderbolt technology, these adapters provide the USB 3.0 connectivity found on today’s systems, while the eSATA and Gigabit Ethernet ports enable many more users to connect effortlessly to fast storage and wired infrastructure.”

Both the USB 3.0+eSATA Thunderbolt Adapter and USB 3.0+Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter provide one 5.0 Gb/s USB 3.0 port for connecting to storage, hubs, and other USB 3.0 devices. In addition, the eSATA Adapter offers a single eSATA port that supports port multipliers, and the Gigabit Ethernet Adapter includes a Gigabit Ethernet port that supports 1000/100/10Base-T auto-negotiation. Both devices are bus-powered and require no additional power adapter, and each comes equipped with a 10 Gb/s Thunderbolt interface and attached Thunderbolt cable.

Both the USB 3.0+eSATA Thunderbolt Adapter and USB 3.0+Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter are compatible with any Mac computer with a Thunderbolt port running OS X 10.8.5 and higher, as well any desktop or notebook PC with a Thunderbolt 2 port running Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Method Studios Go KATANA – first in Southern Hemisphere

Posted on 19.12.12 at 22:55

The Method Studios VFX team at Lane Cove in Sydney has been steadily expanding all year and part of this process has been the development of a new VFX pipeline to include the Foundry produced lighting kit, Katana.

Head of 3D Gyuri Kiss says “We had a real need to create a lighting pipeline and our choices were to either spend a significant number of man hours building our own software or to employ the already existing Katana software. The choice was pretty clear as it meant we had an immediate solution.”

Our initial interest in Katana was based on many of our crew having backgrounds in Houdini and the similarity of the workflows between the two programs meant it would be easy for us to adapt to it.

After spending time in  R&D we felt we were ready to use the tools in a real life job and so embarked on an epic spot for Surya Pro (Indonesia). The spot involved 18 shots of a robot  trashing a city whilst in battle with the Surya logo.

Lead Lighting Artists Jensen Toms says “The whole job was great fun to work on and we realised very early on that the main advantage of employing the Katana pipeline was that it gave us flexibility as a node based system that let our artists update assets without changing the look of anything else. This meant we were able to get agency & client “look” sign off very early in the production, while the robot character was still in development, and simply update elements into scenes without any adverse effect as we went. It also meant that managing a large number of iterations in shots became a lot easier. We also used the Alembic format with Katana which allowed us to integrate both Houdini & Maya seamlessly”. Jenson went on to add “Yeah I have to say its just great once I have a lookdev set up, say with a character I can just update to a new character and it will inherit the look. Currently we have 5 people creating assets modelling texturing and I can keep up with the renders and update when there is new textures or models its great” Really enjoying working with this software.”

Katana has now become our tool of choice and we have enjoyed much collaboration with the Foundry team in developing future versions.

Method have now used their Katana pipeline on Surya Pro – Indonesian TVC (character & logo integration into live action plates) Seven  Psychopaths – Feature Film (blood fx), The Railway Man – Feature Film (in post production) and Fury Road – Feature Film (in post production).

AEC Software Releases FastTrack Schedule Go Project Management App for iPad

Posted on 13.09.12 at 23:51

— New iOS app delivers dashboard reporting and on-the-go access to projects for managers and team members —

STERLING, VA—Sep 5, 2012—AEC Software, a leading developer of productivity and project management software, today announced the release of FastTrack Schedule Go, a new mobile iOS version of the company’s flagship project management software, FastTrack Schedule. With the new iPad application, FastTrack Schedule 10 and Microsoft Project users gain anywhere, anytime access to their project plans and actionable insights into project performance through a Project Dashboard.

Today’s managers and teams need constant access to their projects to stay informed of changes, achievements, and action points. FastTrack Schedule Go makes it easy to manage and present projects when working remotely, traveling to job sites, and visiting with clients.

Today’s managers and teams need constant access to their projects to stay informed of changes, achievements, and action points. FastTrack Schedule Go makes it easy to manage and present projects when working remotely, traveling to job sites, and visiting with clients.

FastTrack Schedule Go has been designed as an on-the-go compliment to FastTrack Schedule 10 and Microsoft Project, offering the features that project managers and team members need most when analyzing, vetting, and presenting projects remotely. With full Dropbox integration, accessing and sharing projects and status reports is quick and easy.

FastTrack Schedule Go provides many of the popular presentation and reporting features of the FastTrack Schedule Windows and Mac desktop versions. Key features include:

  • Project Dashboard – Analyzes project details and delivers key performance indicators in vivid graphs. Drill-down into dashboards for a deeper look into Project Health, Project Status, Project Completion, Project Costs, Look Aheads, and an overall Project Scorecard. These high-level summaries are great for client, stakeholder, and team briefings.
  • Compatible with Microsoft Project – FastTrack Schedule Go is also the perfect mobile companion to Microsoft Project. Open and view Microsoft Project MPP, MPT, XML files on your iPad and get the same great dashboard insight into project health as you do with FastTrack Schedule files.
  • Works with Dropbox – With Dropbox integration, it’s easy to access and share projects with team members. Open files directly from a specialized FastTrack folder and save entire schedules and dashboard reports back to Dropbox.
  • Timeline and Resource Views – Eye-catching Gantt charts and resource graphs provide a clear picture of project status whenever and wherever you need it. View resource workloads in detailed timelines and dashboards that report progress, costs, and upcoming tasks.

Compatibility, Pricing, and Availability
Compatible with FastTrack Schedule 10 Windows and Mac versions and Microsoft Project, FastTrack Schedule Go for iPad (running iOS 5 or above) is available now from the App Store for a limited-time introductory price of AUD$10.49 through September 20, 2012 (AEST).

About FastTrack Schedule
FastTrack Schedule project management software helps teams easily plan, report, and manage projects. To receive a free 21-day trial, download free project management templates, or view video tutorials, please visit

About AEC Software
Headquartered in Sterling, VA, AEC Software, Inc. develops and publishes project-focused and business productivity solutions for Windows, Mac, and other operating systems. Fortune 500 companies and industry leaders use AEC Software’s products to schedule activities, manage project information, and achieve project goals. For more information about AEC Software and its productivity solutions, visit

Marten Blumen – his saying about NUKE

Posted on 12.07.12 at 23:59

Marten Blumen is an Award winning visual effects compositor who is known for his capacity and commitment to produce quality work in tough projects. He specialises in remote VFX –  Compositing & VFX.  working on feature films and commercials. Several months ago Marten went across to Nuke and Nuke X.

Marten recently used his extensive tool box of experience for VFX shots on the recent ad for The Edge and found it indispensable for adding stormy clouds and snow  to the awesome footage shot in the Tetons, Rocky Mountains National Park, USA. Removing footprints and ski tracks in snow, adding a skier to ridge line, painting out a camera man in the Go Pro footage selective grading of bright snow.

There were other options, “but Shake doesn’t have a 3d environment or particles so it would have hard to fake the positioning of clouds and the snow.  I haven’t considered other software – Nuke works so I stick with it. I haven’t used Flame or AfterFX in 10 years.” according to Marten.

Since moving over to Nuke  “I’m too busy to attend anything now as Nuke is bringing in sooo much work” Marten said.

See the video here.

Marquis Broadcast Appoints Intraware Australia as New Business Partner

Posted on 19.10.11 at 04:13

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has appointed Intraware Australia as a new business partner for its Media Highway Technology product line. Through the newly formed partnership Intraware will offer Marquis Broadcast’s range of utilities that create elegant file based workflows and efficiencies by overcoming compatibility, storage and workflow complexities.

Sequence Parking, Project Parking and Bridging each provide specific functionality to solve workflow issues within Broadcast and Post Production.

Sequence Parking is a cost-effective utility for creating re-editable archives or transferring sequences between different edit locations which is particularly relevant for HD and 3D production where the larger file sizes impact significantly on limited edit resources.

Sequence Parking provides a powerful and cost effective ‘one click’ method for moving both edit sequences and media in a single background operation. Sequence media is consolidated with definable handles, automatically creating a reduced version to allow deletion of excess rushes whilst maximising the throughput of the edit environment. The portable nature of parked sequences makes them ideal candidates to support disaster recovery, business continuity and inter-site workflows.

Project Parking extends the ‘parking’ concept to allow editors or Resource Managers to safely archive and restore complete Avid Projects. Users can copy Avid Projects quickly and easily to low cost storage, then restore either back to the local Avid Projects or to a different network location.

Finally, Marquis Broadcast’s Bridging, a sequence converter for Avid and Apple FCP editors, is an automatic background utility that enables editors to exchange sequences for cross platform collaboration and workflow migration. Aimed at multiple users of both Avid and Apple FCP Bridging enables facility managers to benefit from improved flexibility when organising projects and allocating resources so Avid and Apple systems can be easily integrated into a single workflow.

“We are delighted to be representing such an innovative software vendor in this region. The Parking software, in particular, enables editors to use data tape as if it was video tape … being able to archive your sequence or project from either the Avid of Final Cut timelines and have all the video assets collected and archived automatically is just wonderful functionality” said Steve Baird, Intraware Australia, Channel Manager.

“Intraware has a strong presence in Australia and New Zealand and will provide an invaluable resource for us as we expand our customer base in Australasia,” said Chris Steele, Product Manager, Marquis Broadcast. “We are delighted to be working alongside them.”


Intraware Australia, established in 1995, represents the following brands locally: Quantum, The Foundry, Atempo, Cache-A, SGI, JLCooper and Sonnet Technologies. For Enquiries please call +61 2 9439 0244 or visit

Founded in 1998, Marquis Broadcast provides a range of media integration products designed for the data-intensive and challenging requirements of today’s fast-paced broadcasting environments, enabling broadcasters and other users of digital media to achieve maximum efficiencies from their workflow processes.

Sonnet’s DiO™ Pro CompactFlash®

Posted on 17.10.11 at 01:54

Sonnet’s DiO™ Pro CompactFlash® and SDXC™ USB 3.0 Media Reader Adds Greater Speed for Pro Media Transfers IRVINE, Calif. — Oct. 6, 2011 —

Sonnet Technologies today announced the DiO™ Pro CompactFlash® and SDXC™ USB 3.0 Media Reader, which enables digital videographers and photographers to transfer files quickly from CompactFlash (CF), SDXC and SDHC™ memory cards on location, in the studio, or at the office. With one slot each for CF and SD media, DiO has the ability to transfer data from the fastest professional memory cards at high speeds, making for a significantly more convenient and efficient workflow. This Sonnet reader exploits the 5.0 Gb/s SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface to deliver superior performance with suitably equipped computers and is also backward-compatible with USB 2.0.
DiO is compatible with Windows® desktop and laptop computers with USB 3.0 ports and with Mac® Pro and MacBook® Pro computers using a Sonnet Mac OS® X-compatible USB 3.0 adapter.

“The DiO Pro CompactFlash and SDXC Media Reader’s dual slots, modern USB 3.0 interface, and its ability to transfer files up to four times as fast as most other card readers save precious time for professional photographers and videographers alike,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Media pros don’t have time to wait for cards to offload. This reader enables them to ingest files to their computers quickly and get back to work.”

DiO is UDMA6-enabled and UHS-I-compliant for CF and SD media, respectively. As a result, Sonnet’s high-performance memory card reader transfers data from currently available CF cards at up to 70 MB/s, and it supports at full speed the fastest available SDXC and SDHC memory cards, as well as future cards up to 104 MB/s, making DiO a superior alternative to USB 2.0 readers. This handy device also supports concurrent and card-to-card file transfers.

The DiO Pro CompactFlash and SDXC Media Reader (part number DIO-USB3) is compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 port-equipped Windows desktop and laptop computers running Windows 7, Windows Vista®, or Windows XP. It is also compatible with Macintosh computers via USB 2.0 or via USB 3.0 in Mac Pro and MacBook Pro systems equipped with Sonnet’s Allegro™ USB 3.0 PCIe (part number USB3M-E) or USB 3.0 ExpressCard/34 (part number USB3-2PM-E34) adapters, respectively.

More information about the DiO Pro CompactFlash and SDXC Media Reader is available at

Introducing Quantum’s DXi4000

Posted on 17.10.11 at 01:48

Introducing Quantum’s DXi4000, the Industry’s First Capacity-on-Demand Deduplication Appliance
Easy to Install and Scale Plus Twice the Performance at Half the Price

Quantum’s DXi4000 backup appliances provide an affordable, easy alternative that includes the industry’s first capacity-on-demand deduplication. With up to twice the performance of competitors and as little as half the cost, the DXi4000 series deduplication appliances keep backup and restore performance high while delivering industry leading value for fast return on investment. Designed for small to medium businesses or branch offices, DXi4000 appliances can be deployed seamlessly with all leading backup software, including those designed specifically for virtual servers.

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Announcing Sapphire v6 for After Effects, Avid and Autodesk

Posted on 10.10.11 at 02:04

New From The Foundry: Introducing HIERO – VFX Project Management, Conform and Review Made Easy…

Posted on 12.09.11 at 01:26

So, what is HIERO?

HIERO is a desktop application for collaborative VFX workflow – a scriptable timeline tool that conforms edit decision lists and parcels out VFX shots to artists, allows progress to be viewed in context, and liberates your finishing systems and artists for more creative tasks.

HIERO has been built to work ‘out of the box’ with NUKE, and can also be custom-scripted to work with other applications in your facility.

Because HIERO is open and scriptable via the Python programming language, it is an editorial tool that fits naturally into any VFX pipeline

Increase Output

Put more jobs through your facility. Easily offload VFX heavy shots from your finishing system to NUKE, and review and version the resultant VFX shots within the context of the edit.

Use your finishing system to do just that. Deliver your reconformed timeline and completed shots to your tool of choice.

Be More Efficient

Significantly reduce the maintenance required to keep your VFX team up and running with pain free distribution, reviewing and shot management.

Track and manage shots & NUKE scripts on your SAN/NAS without pain, saving disk space in the process.

Create per shot NUKE scripts for easy shot allocation and result management.

Conform on a tool built for the job. Fix common issues across multiple shots with ease using HIERO’s session-wide spreadsheet view.


HIERO is an open platform, which can be customised and integrated into your pipeline via templating and industry standard scripting support.

Work Your Way

HIERO can deliver baked timelines in your preferred formats, EDLs/XMLs referencing a mixture of completed VFX footage and source material, plus footage selects and transcodes.

Copy/sym linking of per shot assets into your facility structure.

Check out a video preview of HIERO together with FXGuide


“We love that The Foundry are developing a product as sophisticated as HIERO. The flexibility, ease of use and integration into our pipeline will increase our output, allowing even more jobs to pass through our facility. The Foundry has yet again come up with a solution that will benefit the post production community.”

Tony Lawrence, Head of 2D, Smoke and Mirrors


When will HIERO be available?

HIERO is planned for BETA testing in October, after which it will be released.