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  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_scream http://www.hollywoodlostandfound.net/wilhelm.html
  2. Pixar Gets Dolby to Invent ’Rain of Sound’ to Match 3-D Movies By Ryan Flinn May 23 (Bloomberg) -- Walt Disney Co.’s Pixar made the latest installment of its “Toy Story” franchise in 3-D to satisfy the growing appetite for immersive visual effects. Its next challenge: getting the sound effects to match. The current setup in most theaters, known as 5.1, couldn’t direct sounds precisely enough to specific parts of the theater, says Paul Cichocki, post-production supervisor at Pixar. The audio didn’t feel like it was putting the viewer in the middle of the action, he says. “We really wanted to take sound to the next level, and we just weren’t able to do much in 5.1,” Cichocki said. “If we could put sound in the right places, it helps your brain look in the right place.” That’s why Pixar urged Dolby Laboratories Inc. to develop a new version of its sound system, the dominant audio technology in theaters. The resulting Dolby Surround 7.1 standard lets movies deliver sounds through seven speakers, plus one subwoofer, which handles bass. For Dolby, the technology helps the company keep pace with other cinema improvements -- from crisper digital images to reclining seats -- and give audiences a reason to keep coming back. Sound technology alone doesn’t compel people to see a movie, says Paul Dergarabedian, president of Hollywood.com’s box-office tracking division. It’s just a subtle part of improving the experience, he says. ‘Generates Goodwill’ “It’s kind of hard to convince people to pay more for better audio,” he said, “but I think it pays dividends just in how it generates goodwill with audiences, and how audiences perceive your theater.” Adding digital video and other enhancements to theaters has helped U.S. cinemas raise ticket prices to about $7.95 this year on average, up 7 percent from 2009, according toHollywood.com Box Office, an industry website. “Toy Story 3,” which debuts on June 18, is the first film to use the 7.1 technology. Cichocki faced the limitations of 5.1 when re-editing some of Pixar’s earlier movies. In a scene from 1999’s “Toy Story 2,” a film the studio is rereleasing in 3-D, the characters are riding though a store and crash into a pile of balls that fall around them. The sound originally didn’t match the action on screen closely enough, Cichocki says. “We went in and recut the ball effects, so that now those things are falling from all the speakers in the room,” he said. “It’s this rain of sound, omni-directional all around you.” ‘Toy Story’ Franchise The first two “Toy Story” films generated more than $800 million at the box office, according to IMDb.com, a movie- tracking website. And “Toy Story” merchandise has grossed $8 billion in global sales since the first movie was released in 1995, according to Disney. The new 7.1 system is the first upgrade to the technology since Dolby Digital Surround EXcame out for “Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace” in 1999. It breaks out the sound channels in the back of the theater, allowing for four separate surround-sound zones. All of them can be used independently. “It really shows off,” said Fred Walraven, technical director for Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, which owns about 96 cinemas with 973 screens. “If there’s an action that goes down, say, the right wall or left wall, it can actually turn behind you, and it does, and it’s very evident.” For theaters already equipped to run EX, switching to 7.1 only requires a free software update, says Stuart Bowling, technical marketing manager for San Francisco-based Dolby. Locations without the current Dolby system may have to add speakers and rejigger wires. At most, he says, “you’re looking at an investment of around $700.” Small Investment Kerasotes’ new 16-screen location in Chicago is already wired to use the new technology, Walraven says. “You can just swap a bunch of pins, and then you balance the channels, and you’re set. It really is not a very expensive option to put on,” he said. “Probably other guys in my same position with their companies are going to start doing the same thing.” Some form of Dolby’s 5.1 surround sound, which debuted in 1979 on Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” is already in most theaters worldwide. The company is working to extend its technology beyond movies into mobile phones and personal computers. That expansion helped Dolby boost sales 19 percent last quarter to $243.4 million. The company also has started to provide 3-D video technology to theaters, opening up a new source of revenue. Impact of ‘Avatar’ “Avatar,” the highest-grossing film of all time, opened the floodgate to 3-D movies. It’s taken in more than $2.7 billion in worldwide box-office receipts since its Dec. 18 release. Three-dimensional films, such as “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Alice in Wonderland,” have continued to dominate, leading the box office in 12 of the first 19 weeks of the year. “They’re trying to create a unique experience now by giving a giant screen, better seating and more powerful sound systems,” Dolby’s Bowling says. Several theater chains had approached Dolby before Pixar about improving their audio. “They were saying to us, ‘How can we move forward, how do we do this?’” Consumers won’t go to see a bad movie just because it looks and sounds good, but they may spend more on a film if a theater has the latest technology, Dergarabedian says. “I don’t know that kids say, ‘Mom, I got to go see this movie, it’s in 7.1 Dolby,’” he said. “But once they see the movie, they may be so blown away by both the visual and audio experience they may want to go back and see it again.”
  3. I sent this thread off to my news camera pal here is his $.02, w/ OT $.03, w/DT $.04 al ______________________________________________________ That's said but true. Hard to get more $25-$30 for a transcription kit...but you stay on the clock while doing the transcription upload and...here's the genius part...and wait for confirmation It all works out. The pen is always mightier than the sword.
  4. This has been a great thread I didn't have anything to contribute until a friend sent this 3 string dulcimer video al
  5. hi pascal you can do this easily select CREATE REPORT button next window shows a FORMAT button PDF is default and CSV is selectable when you are finished select the SOUND REPORT button wave agent is a swiss army knife kind of audio application a great tool thank you sound devices al
  6. " How about referring to it as a "traditional slate" and not a "dumb" slate? As there's really nothing "dumb" about it, just because the term "smart slate" came into play with the advent of the timecode slate, doesn't mean that suddenly the "traditional slate" got stupid. You got to accentuate the positive, to eliminate the negative.... " +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ that was wonderful thank you RVD al
  7. With a build 21 camera last week - camera locks up and says "sound error" Anybody with similar experiences/comment solutions ?? ______ Yes I have RED b21 w/ hard drive mounted on a truck bouncing over ruts Camera assistant unplugged the audio and it had no effect other than to get a big WTF? look from me apparently audio is the canary in the coal mine Next time we had that scenario camera had switched to CF cards and we had no issues al mcguire jacksonville fl
  8. " Using "Free run" means that there will be TC breaks throughout the tape when digitizing for NLE's " Tape ? what is this tape ? I haven't seen any tape lately, just hard drives and film al " freerun " mcguire jacksonville fl
  9. http://www.wired.com/underwire/2010/03/wonderland-tech-tricks/ green boom poles !
  10. it is a union commercial apparently there is low budget provision if the daily budget is under $75k and the LA rates are the commercial rates hmmn
  11. I had a call yesterday asking about a low budget commercial rate for a soundmixer. I didn't know that there was a low budget commercial contract. Can anyone shine some light on this ? al mcguire
  12. netflix shows a february 24, 2009 dvd release
  13. hi wayne I faced this same dilemma. Here is how I made my decision . Ambient is in Germany, Denecke is in California. A 1 800 number gets you to Charlie Parra who can help you through any issue, plus the printing is bigger on the Denecke. I do wish the SB-T had a case. al mcguire
  14. phil I think sitting down and writing out the days events is a wonderfully cathartic way of dealing with your projects challenges, especially if you can find a chuckle or 2 after the day is over. You want to do good work and you are doing the best they will let you do. Take good notes and keep your good attitude. al mcguire
  15. Top 10 April Fools' Pranks for Nerds http://www.wired.com/entertainment/theweb/news/2008/03/pranks08
  16. Want to climb into the cockpit of an Airbus A380? http://www.gillesvidal.com/blogpano/cockpit1.htm al
  17. we've done this shot before I agree w/ GT wire the hero boom the rest if there are too many folks around the steadicam use a longer pole don't make it more difficult than it is forrest gump mode = simple is as simple does al mcguire soundguy inc. jacksonville fl
  18. I have worked with this camera in Orlando. The video is incredible. We had the SRW 1 recorder mounted to the camera. The only available audio out was the headphone output. If you have worked with a sony broadcast camera in the last 20 years then you know what it sounds like, horrid. I used the camera time code to utilize the SD 744t ext tc auto-record mode. I used a comtek to send the SD TC to the slate. Other than no audio outputs I enjoyed the experience. Al McGuire Soundguy Inc Jacksonville FL
  19. I use a simple product calles bluebox invoices  http://www.blueboxsw.com/0301.html It costs $29.95 and is based on file maker pro the creator Jay Kellet has been very helpful anytime I have had an issue, usually operator error Jay also got me using the OSX printing pdf choice to e-mail my invoices I recommend it al mcguire jacksonville fl
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