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‘The Long Night’ Named Documentary Project of the Year by Pictures of the Year International

In its 72nd year, Pictures of the Year International (POYi) is the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program in the world. We are thrilled to announce that our first feature film, The Long Night, has been honored in the Documentary Project of the Year category. Created in collaboration with multimedia journalist Tim Matsui with the support of the Alexia Foundation, the film takes an unflinching look at the crisis of minors who are forced and coerced into the American sex trade.

Congratulations to all of this year’s POYi winners. View the full winner’s list at POYi.org.


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When Hard Drives Fail

For years I’ve been preaching the adage that when it comes to hard drive crashes, there are two types of people, those who have lost data and those who will.

Well, last week it was my turn. Again.

I was working at home, with all the proper protection, and still, in a single surge, two hard drives went kaput.

Fortunately, thank the stars, the drives were from different projects and I had backups of each. Because let me tell you, as an editor there is no worse feeling than knowing you’ll have to redo hours, or even days, of work.

What I took away from the experience is this:

  1. Unless you are backing up your work, never mount both the main and backup drives at the same time. This way, if there is a catastrophic failure, you won’t burn both.
  2. Even if you’ve added no new new assets during a day’s session, at the very least drag your project file to the desktop or Dropbox. At a minimum.

Here are two essential resources to help you further:

  1. MediaStorm’s Guide to Backing Up
  2. MediaStorm Guide to Enhancing Adobe Premiere Pro’s Auto-save Functionality

Backing up is essential. You should be obsessive. You should be fervent.

And if you think I’m being overly-cautious, imagine trying to explain to your client that everything they’ve paid for has simply disappeared.

No one wants to do that.

Be smart, backup today.

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2015 Sundance Short Film Challenge Powered by the MediaStorm Player

The Sundance Institute has joined MediaStorm’s community of creative partners, leveraging the power of the MediaStorm Platform to distribute the winning films of the 2015 Sundance Short Film Challenge.

The Sundance Institute’s Short Film Challenge, hosted in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is a collection of stories that place a spotlight on what is shared across humanity regardless of economic, cultural and geographic differences. These films illustrate how we can support one another to end poverty and hunger once and for all. This year’s stories are from five amateur filmmakers from Nigeria, Mexico, India, and the U.S.; as well as four films from professionals including Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady; Gael Garcia BernalDiego Luna; and Marialy Rivas.

The films premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and will be available for free via the MediaStorm Platform and on sundance.org. Read our case study to learn how the Sundance Institute is using our platform to expand their reach and engage audiences with smart distribution and design.

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Open Call: Artwork Submissions for Nomadique Exhibition

Nomadique is seeking submissions for their upcoming multimedia art exhibition, inviting artists to reflect on the sensation of belonging. The pop-up show will be held in New York City in mid-April and will feature live performances, film screenings, and a gallery display.

Submitted works may reflect on the following questions: To what do we belong and why? How does an anxiety of belonging impact our development and behavior? How does belonging affect our sense of purpose? Does belonging necessitate exclusion by nature?

Entries include but are not limited to: film, photography, illustration, live stories, musical performances, dance, and written word.

Learn more and submit your work at http://goo.gl/mOyivk. Deadline is Friday, February 20th, 2015. 

About Nomadique

Nomadique is a Brooklyn-based multimedia cooperative made up of filmmakers, photographers, journalists and musicians and consists of a small full-time staff and larger network of creative contributors.


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MediaStorm Guide to Editing 2.4 Anamorphic Video

Currently at MediaStorm, we are using the Sony PMW-F5 camera. Our final frame size is 2048×858, also known as 2.40.

This more cinematic look is longer in width but shorter in height than the standard HD size of 1920×1080.

Though our final output is 2048×858, the captured frame size is actually a bit larger at 2048×1080. This allows for more wiggle room when deciding what stays in the shot. There’s more latitude as you can now position the frame up or downwards without having to up-res its size.

The MediaStorm 2.4 Editing Workflow

To begin, you’ll need to download the 2.4 crop-bars mask.

It is sized for 2048×1080, your capture size, but masks out the top and bottom so that only the final output frame size of 2048×858 is viewable.

This file should be placed on your top video track. Then lock it in place by clicking the lock icon.

Now you can reposition your video frame without inadvertently moving the mask.

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