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July 2014

Marc Loftus

Marc Loftus is the Senior Editor and Director of Web Content for Post Magazine. He has been with the monthly publication since 1992, reporting on new technologies and creative techniques relating to film, television and commercial post production. In that time, he has witnessed the transition from linear to nonlinear, analog to digital, stereo to surround, SD to HD, tape-based to file-based, and 2D to 3D. Marc is a graduate of The New York Institute of Technology.



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Authored Articles
INTELLIGENT GADGETS ENHANCES SKYPE-BASED COLLABORATION APP
Published: April 16, 2007

LAS VEGAS - Intelligent Gadgets, the developer of the Skype-based SyncVue collaborative digital media review and approval application, has upgraded the tool to include several new enhancements. SyncVuePro now allows users to view online QuickTime media. In the past, media had to be distributed to users prior to collaborative sessions.
APPLE SHOWS FINAL CUT STUDIO 2, INTROS COLOR
Published: April 15, 2007

LAS VEGAS - Apple (www.apple.com) made a number of announcements just prior to the kick off of the NAB show, including the introduction of a powerful color grading program that will be part of its upgraded Final Cut Studio package. The company reports that it now has 800,000 paid Final Cut Pro users worldwide and support for the application is strong with 100 worldwide training centers, numerous books, and a range of third party plug-ins. 
OMNEON SHOWING I/O, SERVER AND TRANSCODING SOLUTIONS
Published: April 10, 2007

LAS VEGAS – Sunnyvale, CA’s Omneon (www.omneon.com) is at NAB with a number of new products, including next generation media I/O devices, a new media server platform for smaller operations, and a grid-based transcoding application. 
'DIAMOND' CUTTER
Published: March 29, 2007

For David Gaz, producing and posting the indie film Diamond Zero, with partner/director Annelie Wilder, represents the culmination of a 10-year vision. Diamond Zero is a sci-fi film, starring Bronson Pinchot and Tippi Hedren, that asks: What would happen if someone created a machine that turns people into diamonds?
R/H FACTOR ADDS EUPHONIX SYSTEM 5-MC
Published: March 29, 2007

HOLLYWOOD – R/H Factor (www.rhfactorsound.com), an audio post house specializing in long-form episodic drama for television, as well as independent features, recently upgraded its main mixing stage with the addition of a Euphonix System 5-MC. The two-position console replaces a ProControl and features an integrated DAW control surface with 24 faders on each side.
INDIE FILM 'BUMPING OFF BURT' SHOT, POSTED IN HD
Published: March 15, 2007

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – Producer/director Greg Steiner and his company Q-Station (www.q-station.com) recently shot the comedy Bumping Off Burt (www.bumpingoffburt.com) with a JVC ProHD HD100 camera. Steiner was faced with a limited budget and challenging locations, but still wanted to shoot in 24p.
EARLY NAB ANOUNCEMENTS
Published: March 2, 2007

With the NAB show just around the corner, manufacturers are beginning to show their hands, revealing new products that will be on display in Las Vegas.
HD FUN & GAMES
Published: February 1, 2007

February marks the first anniversary of Gameplay HD, the HD channel dedicated to the world of videogames. Broadcasting in 1080i with Dolby Surround, Gameplay HD is the brainchild of Voom HD's VP/programming & development Mark DeAngelis and executive producer Rob Faris.
HD STORYTELLING
Published: January 2, 2007

This issue looks at both independent filmmaking and the affect lower-cost HD tools have had on a producer’s ability to tell a story. Dr. Paul Cahill is one such storyteller. Now retired, Cahill taught filmmaking at Cal State/Sacramento, and has also produced and directed PBS programming, promos and commercials over the past 25 years, initially shooting on 16mm film, Sony’s Trinitron camera and Ikegami broadcast models, and more recently, on Mini DV.
LOOKING BACK, AND AHEAD
Published: December 5, 2006

One way that we, here at Post, like to evaluate the past year is by comparing the number of studios that have opened versus those that have closed. After 9/11, that ratio was not looking too promising, but fortunately the industry has regained its footing and 2006 saw many new facilities coming online.
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