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iZotope RX 3 Honored by Cinema Audio Society

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  • March 12, 2014

iZotopeCambridge, MA — March 12, 2014 —  iZotope Inc., a leading audio technology company, announced today that the CAS has recognized RX 3 Advanced at its 50th annual awards ceremony for Technical Achievement in Post Production. The distinguished award is presented to companies for engineering achievements in the field of audio post-production, and underscores how RX 3 is now the standard for rescuing troubled audio from the cutting room floor.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Cinema Audio Society for RX 3 Advanced,” said Rob D’Amico, Sr. Product Manager at iZotope, Inc. “We admire the work CAS does to assist engineers in the audio industry, and we’re committed to continuing our support with user-driven research and development.”

In addition to recognizing this year’s best feats of post-production, the awards ceremony also celebrated the career of Re-recording Mixer Andy Nelson by awarding him the CAS Career Achievement Award, presented by legendary composer John Williams, Twentieth Century Fox President of Feature Post Production Ted Gagliano, and David Fluhr, President of the CAS.

For a complete list of 2014 CAS Award Winners, visit

For more information on repair or restoring your audio, visit

About The Cinema Audio Society
The Cinema Audio Society (CAS)—formed in 1964—is a philanthropic, non-profit organization with the purpose of sharing information with sound professionals in the motion picture and television industries. Through a series of educational meetings held throughout the year, CAS facilitates a discussion of topics that are of the utmost concern to industry professionals. In addition to their progressive educational program, CAS hosts an awards banquet to bestow the CAS Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for both feature films and television, as well as honor Academy Award nominees and Emmy Award winners for Best Sound.

About iZotope
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.

About RX 3 Advanced
iZotope RX 3 Advanced is the premiere audio repair and restoration software—used everywhere from Hollywood post-production studios to leading sound editing facilities. With features that facilitate the removal of noise, clipping, hum, buzz, crackles and more, RX 3 Advanced is the ultimate all-in-one solution for audio repair and restoration, ensuring that audio reaches its optimum quality.
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Pictorvision Eclipse Honored with SOC Technical Achievement Award

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  • March 8, 2014
Tom Hallman and Stan McClain

Tom Hallman and Stan McClain

Los Angeles, California — March 8, 2014 — On March 8, 2014 members of the Society of Camera Operators gathered at the Skirball Center, in Los Angeles, CA to honor the accomplishments of its outstanding members as well as individuals in the corporate community for their contributions to the advancement of equipment and techniques vital to the work of Camera Operators. At this year’s annual black tie event, Pictorvision received one of the SOC’s coveted Technical Achievement Awards for its Eclipse™ Gyro-Stabilized Aerial Camera System.

Accepting the award, Tom Hallman, Pictorvision President, remarked, “Of the many awards in this industry, none are more welcome than this honor given by those who work directly with our Pictorvision Eclipse.” Hallman thanked the core team of engineers including Michael Lewis, Greg Marsden, Raigo Alas and Michael Vellekoop, as well as Mark Chamberlain, current Chairman of PV Labs, Pictorvision’s parent company and past president and CEO of Wescam, for his encouragement and investment in new technology for the cinema business.

Since its introduction, the Pictorvision Eclipse has been used on over half of the annual top grossing live action motion pictures, worldwide. Pictorvision’s recent production credits include Ride Along, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Lone Survivor, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Thor: The Dark World, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Ender’s Game. The Eclipse also won the Motion Picture Academy’s Scientific and Engineering Award for 2011.”

For more information about the Eclipse, contact Pictorvision, 16238 Raymer St., Van Nuys, CA 91406, Phone: 818-785-9282, Fax: 818-785-9787, Email:,

About Pictorvision
Pictorvision is the first and only company to offer an entire line of Eclipse, Wescam, and Cineflex gyro-stabilized aerial camera systems for capturing thrilling images from above and beyond. Whether the production calls for 3D, HD, 35mm, 4Kdigital, IMAX 35mm, cost-effective SD, or anything in between, Pictorvision’s goal is to provide a tailored solution for each project. Revolutionizing a new generation of aerial camera systems, the Eclipse offers the most advanced steering, stability, and pointing capabilities available on the market. Partnering with the world’s most creative Directors of Photography, our engineering team integrates user functionality with industry-defining technology, to usher in a new dawn of aerial cinematography.

About the Society of Camera Operators
The Society of Camera Operators, founded in 1979, is an organization dedicated to the advancement of the art and creative contributions of the Camera Operator in the Motion Picture and Television industry. Their goal is to nurture excellence in the field of camera operation and allied camera crafts, encouraging development of both technology and production methods to enhance their work. Society members are kept at the forefront of the industry’s ever-advancing technology through their continuing workshops and corporate-sponsored equipment showcases. The SOC publishes the Camera Operator magazine. The Society donates the proceeds of their Annual Lifetime Achievements Awards Event to the Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Membership includes Camera Operators, Directors of Photography, Camera Assistants and Still Photographers. The official website can be found at

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Oscar and Spirit Winners are on Kodak Film

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  • March 4, 2014

kodakextColorRochester, NY — March 4, 2014 — In the 86-year history of the Academy Awards®, no best picture winner has ever been made without motion picture film technology – a streak that continued with 12 Years a Slave winning the 2014 Oscar®.

In addition to best picture, films originating on Kodak also won Oscars® in best foreign language film (The Great Beauty) as well as best actress (Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine), best supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years A Slave), and adapted screenplay (12 Years a Slave). Every Academy Award®-winning actress and supporting actress has had her winning performance captured on film.

Earlier in the weekend, Film Independent’s Spirit Awards were dominated by 12 Years a Slave which took home awards for best feature, cinematography, directing, screenplay, and supporting actress. In the history of the Independent Spirit Awards, every best picture winner has originated on film.

Other films on Kodak that received Spirit Awards were Fruitvale Station (Best First Feature), Blue Jasmine (Best Actress) and Mud (Robert Altman Award).

“We’re honored so many exceptional filmmakers selected KODAK Film to tell their award-winning stories,” notes Andrew Evenski, president and general manager of Kodak’s Entertainment and Commercial Films Group. “Filmmakers choose celluloid for the rich detail and bold colors which help convey emotions and visual nuances that resonate with audiences. We’re proud of our long history with the motion picture industry – a relationship we look forward to continuing.”

Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division is the world-class leader in providing film, digital and hybrid motion imaging products, services, and technology for the professional motion picture and exhibition industries. For more information, visit

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About Kodak
Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging for business. Kodak serves customers with disruptive technologies and breakthrough solutions for the product goods packaging, graphic communications and functional printing industries. The company also offers leading products and services in Entertainment Imaging and Commercial Films. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at KodakNow.

About Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Business
Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging business is the world leader in providing motion picture film and imaging products, services, and technology for the professional motion picture and exhibition industries. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook ( ), Twitter (@Kodak_ShootFilm), and YouTube (

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Avid Customer Community Crafts Memorable Night at the 2014 Academy Awards

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  • March 4, 2014

avid_logoBurlington, MA — March 4, 2014 Avid® (OTC: AVID) today celebrates the many Avid customers recognized for their craft as nominees and winners at the 86th Academy Awards®, the world’s most prestigious ceremony honoring film industry professionals. Films created using Avid’s industry-leading professional content creation solutions include Best Picture Award winner 12 Years a Slave and nominees, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity and Nebraska. Avid solutions provide professionals with the tools they need to bring the director’s vision to life and create high-quality compelling content to engage and inspire audiences.

In the Best Editing category, four out of the five nominated editors cut their movies with Avid Media Composer®, which provides the deepest set of creative tools refined by professionals across the post-production industry. The winners were Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger for Gravity, while fellow nominees Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten for American Hustle, Christopher Rouse for Captain Phillips, and Joe Walker for 12 Years a Slave, also relied on Media Composer.

Best Sound Editing winner Glenn Freemantle and Best Sound Mixing winners, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro used Avid Pro Tools®, the industry’s preeminent digital audio workstation, to edit and mix the audio for Gravity. Other audio nominees include Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow, who used Avid’s System 5® control surface for Best Sound Mixing nominee Lone Survivor.

In the Best Original Song category, Pro Tools was used to create winner Let It Go from Frozen (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) and nominee Happy from Despicable Me 2 (Pharrell Williams). Users of Sibelius® music notation software nominated for Best Original Score include John Williams for The Book Thief, Owen Pallett for Her, Alexandre Desplat for Philomena, and Thomas Newman for Saving Mr. Banks.

“As a company born from a passion for world-class content creation, we congratulate our customers on achieving the highest honor in their field,” said Louis Hernandez, Jr., president and CEO of Avid. “These best-in-their-field editors, sound mixers, song writers and composers inspire our unwavering commitment to the professional creative community. We are proud to be continually innovating, reimagining and delivering the technical tools to bring their creative visions to life in such inspiring and compelling ways.”

About Avid
Through Avid Everywhere™, Avid delivers the industry’s most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption for the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world—from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concerts and news broadcasts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, ISIS®, Interplay®, and Sibelius®. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit, connect with Avid on FacebookTwitterYouTube, LinkedInGoogle+; or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

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Five SMPTE Members Earn Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical Achievement

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  • March 3, 2014

White Plains, NY — March 3, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that five SMPTE members have been recognized with prestigious awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards honor the men, women, and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant, outstanding, and lasting ways to motion pictures.

“Science and technology are fundamental to the filmmaking process, and we’re so pleased to see SMPTE members recognized and honored by the Academy for their pioneering work in this area of the motion picture industry,” said Barbara Lange, executive director at SMPTE.

SMPTE member Florian Kainz is part of the team that earned a Technical Achievement Award Academy Certificate for the architecture and development of the Zeno application framework. For more than a decade, Zeno’s flexible and robust design has allowed the creation of a broad range of Academy Award®-winning visual effects toolsets at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).

SMPTE members Joshua Pines, David Reisner, and David Register together earned a Technical Achievement Award Academy Certificate for their role in the development of the American Society of Cinematographers Color Decision List (ASC CDL) technology. The ASC CDL unifies color correction principles for use on- and off-set, providing for the faithful reproduction of color values across a variety of color-correction devices. This technology provides basic image-processing mathematics that translate the lift, gamma, and gain settings to a set of common color values to help preserve the cinematographer’s intent throughout production.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kristen Bell, who co-hosted the ceremony with Michael B. Jordan, said, “I might want to quit acting and work with those guys; they are so cool.”

For making technological contributions that have brought credit to the industry, SMPTE Life Member Peter W. Anderson, ASC received the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an Oscar® statuette.

“Without the art, what would the science be? Without the science, what would the art be?” said Anderson, who was presented his award by Douglas Trumbull. Trumbull has been a keynote speaker at several SMPTE conferences.

The 2013 awards were presented at the Academy’s Scientific & Technical Award ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. An excerpt from the ceremony was included in last night’s Oscar ceremony broadcast.

Further information about SMPTE is available online at

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at

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Sound Devices Takes Home Cinema Audio Society’s Technical Achievement Award

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  • February 25, 2014

Sound Devices 633 - front panelReedsburg, WI — February 25, 2014 — Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, is pleased to announce that its 633 Production Mixer has earned the prestigious Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Technical Achievement Award in the production category.

The CAS Technical Achievement Awards recognize innovations in recording technologies, including hardware and software products that are used by sound mixing professionals. Sound Devices has now been a recipient of the CAS Technical Achievement Award four times. The 744T and 788T Production Recorders, and the 664 Field Production Mixer are past winners.

“To be consistently recognized for our new products with CAS Technical Achievement Awards is an outstanding accomplishment,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “At Sound Devices, we continue to push the boundaries by presenting high-quality, innovative tools that really make a difference in the workflow of our customers. Having the Cinema Audio Society behind us reaffirms the positive impact that our product development goals have within the industry.”

Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder features six inputs, with three high-bandwidth mic/line XLR inputs complete with phantom power, high-pass filter, input limiter and variable pan. Three additional line-level inputs appear on TA3 (mini-XLR) connectors. All inputs are assignable to any output bus. AES digital I/O, including support for AES42 digital microphones, is available.

The 633 offers 10-track 24-bit, 48 kHz uncompressed polyphonic or monophonic broadcast WAV file recording (96 kHz for eight tracks, 192 kHz for six tracks) or timecode stamped MP3 recording to CompactFlash and/or SD cards. All six inputs plus Left/Right and Aux 1/2, can be recorded to individual tracks. Similar to Sound Devices’ 12-input 664 Production Mixer, the 633 offers dual card slots that record to either one or both cards simultaneously, with the added ability to assign different tracks to each memory card.

Unique to the industry, the 633 is equipped with a four-way power supply and Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology. This four-way powering allows for multiple, simultaneous power sources including external DC on a Hirose 4-pin locking (12-18 V), two removable and independent L-type Lithium-ion batteries and internal AA battery powering (six-AA). The unit detects when power sources are removed and seamlessly transitions to an available power source. With its PowerSafe circuitry, when all power is removed the unit remains on for 10 seconds to close all file operations and properly shut down. With PowerSafe, a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PowerSafe also provides two-second ‘power-on-to-recording’ so the mixer is ready for operation at a moment’s notice.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website,

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Avid Customers Triumph at the 50th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards

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  • February 25, 2014

avid_logoBurlington, MA — February 25, 2014Avid® (OTC:AVID) today congratulated its customers on their numerous awards and nominations for outstanding achievements in sound mixing at the 50th Annual CAS Awards. Presented by the Cinema Audio Society on February 22 in Los Angeles, the awards recognized the accomplishments of many of the motion picture and television industries’ most talented sound mixers who trust Avid audio solutions.

Skip Lievsay, who won the live action motion picture category for Gravity, which was edited and mixed using Pro Tools®, said: “We knew from the beginning we wanted the mix (for Gravity) to be virtual – in Pro Tools. The director always wants to address the broadest range of possibilities. He wants to try everything – so we needed it to be fast and virtual. We needed to do very sophisticated work, very quickly and record that as automation in Pro Tools. We have great automation and power in Pro Tools and that’s my home platform. I couldn’t be happier with it.”

Avid customers also won CAS Awards for their work on Frozen, winner of the animated motion picture category, which was scored and recorded with Pro Tools at Disney Digital Studios. Pro Tools was used to edit and mix Behind The Candelabra, winner of the television movie or mini-series category, as well as to score and record its music. Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere, which was mixed at Todd-AO with Pro Tools, won the One-Hour Television Series category.

“As a company that’s passionate about world-class content creation, we’re very proud that the industry’s star sound mixers choose to rely on our proven and trusted audio solutions,” said Avid president and CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. “We congratulate our customers on their outstanding achievements. We are committed to continuing our heritage of industry leadership and technical innovation, and our role as a trusted partner to our preeminent customer community.”

Avid customers were nominated for CAS Awards for productions including:

Motion picture – live action

  • Gravity, which was edited and mixed using Pro Tools – WINNER
  • Iron Man 3, which was completed entirely using Avid solutions, from being scored and recorded in Pro Tools to the final mix in Dolby Atmos on System 5® at Todd-AO
    • Lone Survivor, which was mixed on System 5 at Todd-AO Hollywood

Motion picture – animated

  • The Croods, which was dubbed on System 5 and Pro Tools at Dreamworks and Fox Studios
  • Despicable Me 2, which was scored and recorded using Pro Tools
  • Frozen, which was scored and recorded with Pro Tools at Disney Digital Studio Services, as well as being the first movie to be mixed on their new System 5 – WINNER
  • Monsters University, for which ADR was performed using Pro Tools

Television movie or mini series

  • American Horror Story: Coven – “The Replacements”, which was mixed on System 5 at Technicolor
  • Bonnie and Clyde: (Night Two) Part Two, the music for which was scored and recorded with Pro Tools
  • Phil Spector, the music for which was scored and recorded with Pro Tools
  • Behind the Candelabra, which was edited and mixed using Pro Tools, and for which Pro Tools was also used to score and record the music – WINNER

Television series – 1 Hour

  • Boardwalk Empire: Erlkönig, which was mixed on System 5 at Soundtrack
  • Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere, which was mixed at Todd-AO with Pro Tools – WINNER

Television non-fiction, variety or music series or specials

  • The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which was mixed on System 5 at Todd-AO

About Avid
Through Avid Everywhere, Avid delivers the industry’s most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption for the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world—from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concerts and news broadcasts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, ISIS®, Interplay®, and Sibelius®. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit, connect with Avid on FacebookTwitterYouTube, LinkedInGoogle+; or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

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