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#AceFeaturedBlogger – Follow Your Dreams. Go To Bed. – @yadadarcyyada

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https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/17/follow-your-dreams-go-to-bed/I’m tired of being told to sleep. Even more tired of being told to sleep more. You’d think I sleep in a crib with bunny sheets, stuffies, and a Nightmare Before Christmas mobile for the amount I’m told to go to sleep. Everyone is telling me to sleep, wishing me a good night’s sleep, telling me all about the importance of sleep. Magazines and blog posts tell me to sleep. Books tell me to sleep. Family and friends tell me to sleep. TV tells me to sleep, even provides programs that attempt to bore me to sleep, nice try TV, still awake.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/17/follow-your-dreams-go-to-bed/I’m mocked by the benefits of sleep. I know that sleep is connected to the brain and it’s the most important organ, then again, look what’s telling me that, my left brain barely knows what my right brain is doing.

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Sleep promotes creativity, attention, apparently it helps heal, restore, keeps anxiety, depression, colds and other ailments at bay, and improves memory….Hmm, what were we talking about? Oh yes, sleep. It helps you lose weight, build muscle, stop inflammation. Doesn’t sleep sound amazing?

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I crave sleep, like it’s a plump juicy strawberry covered in rich chocolate nestled on fluffy clouds of whipped cream. I dream of sleep. I covet it. Sometimes sleep envy eats at me like a rat gnawing on cotton candy at a country fair.

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I worship sleep, who needs celebrities, I only want to imitate sleep, I want to be sleep. Hi sleep – I’m your #1 fan (and those aren’t pillows).

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I even snuggle with my bed, swaddling it with a decent thread count, soft blue sheets decorated with sheep, each with their own number, jumping over fences. My room is almost as dark as the bottom of the Mariana Trench, perhaps darker than the Batcave when Batman can’t find the light-switch.https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/17/follow-your-dreams-go-to-bed/I slept during the first trimester of pregnancy, I’d do just about anything for sleep, but, ummm, well…

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Like many with Fibromyalgia https://yadadarcyyada.com/2013/08/31/fibromylagia-is-just-another-word-for-lazy/ https://yadadarcyyada.com/2013/08/08/fibromyalgia-is-a-four-letter-word/ I’ve tried: melatonin, serotonin, valerian, chamomile, progressive muscle relaxation, sleeping pills, tryptophan, alcohol, Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, alien cuddle exercises…

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sleep masks, abdominal breathing, cognitive behaviour therapy, kava, but no, my alpha waves are trouble makers. Is it any wonder I love the band R.E.M.? I’ve even thought of building a wall between my alpha waves and my delta waves and make the alpha waves pay for the wall. And now as an added bonus I’m playing that hot new game: blankets on, blankets off, blankets on, blankets off…what was the prize again?

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/17/follow-your-dreams-go-to-bed/

Insomnia has some benefits. I get exercise walking and I experience the, er, inspiration of public transit because I won’t drive when tired. I’ve also been organizing my home on the theory if I’m extremely organized I’ll sleep better. So far, no luck, but maybe obsessively organized people are just be too lazy to search for stuff. I wouldn’t want to be seen as lazy.

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I wish I could use the time to write or do something else productive, but alas, after a certain hour my mind is more or less mush.

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You can’t always get what you want, like sleep, but that doesn’t mean you just give up. You keep going, keep trying, keep reaching, whether it’s for a forty winks, a job, losing weight, climbing Mount Everest, seeking to right wrongs, swimming the English Channel, help others, being an author, scientist, artist, astronaut, singer, teacher, leader…

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I do have ambiguous feelings about a creepy Sandman sneaking into my room, or some strange Greek god invading my dreams, shudder, what form would he take on these days, no thanks, Morpheus. It’s not like I’m asking to be Rip Van Winkle or Sleeping Beauty, just less tired.

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Maybe I could think of my insomnia as a fascinating quirk, but all things considered, I’d rather be sleeping.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate (it should be every single day!) and remember, shopping is not the true meaning of being thankful…really.

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“Did you sleep well?”
“No, I made a couple of mistakes.”
~Steven Wright

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FEATURED: Social media can be flat, most humans are 3D – @yadadarcyyada

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Social media can be flat, most humans are 3D – @yadadarcyyada

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

I know this might be a stressful time for some, but I hope this finds you in good stead. Every choice has consequences.
In the course of human events it
becomes necessary to distract ourselves at times, I don’t know about you, but there’s no limits to what I can accomplish when I’m avoiding doing something else, yet we hold these truths to be self-evident, some choices must still be made, hopefully informed choices.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

Some choices are easy. Some hard. Some seem like a joy or a joke. Some involve danger, some choices even have underestimated peril, ie. household chores – germs, cleaning tools, boredom, hiring strangers, using pets (who hasn’t wondered if pets could help with household chores?) and imagine trying to really ‘clean house’?

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

Then there’s the danger of choosing ice cream or chocolate and/or chocolate ice cream as a remedy for the common cold, it may not lessen the tyranny of the infirmity, yet if you add whining, comfy clothes, and sniffling, the choice is clear. Sniffle.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

Admittedly, choices would be easier if everything was simply spelled out for us, without: lies, manipulation, false promises, hidden agendas, threats, deceit, complex small print, and if we weren’t at the mercy of drama ‘monsters’.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/Life is a leap, we’re always jumping into the unknown – every second, minute, hour, day. Life changes, there are peaks and valleys, but as long as you breathe, there’s hope.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

Remember, even if…

1. You did something, said something that embarrassed or cost you, and/or offended, disturbed others. Learn from it. Social media can be flat, most humans are 3D. Keeping your dimensions, they’re important.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

2. You stayed too long and gave too much, trying to save a toxic relationship with: a partner, friend, family member, group, organization, political party, etc. That doesn’t mean you’re trapped, mentally chew off that leg and get away.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

3. You got caught up in the hype machine, most have at one time or another (even if they won’t admit it). Simple answer – accept responsibility, and change, start again.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

4. You fell head over heels, with stuff, especially during the holidays. We instinctively hunt and gather, now for stuff. You felt momentarily joyful but less than triumphant. Don’t feed addictions, accept them to overcome them.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

5. You found out the hard way talk is cheap – words, words everywhere but not a lot of truth, common sense, or depth.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

6. You gave your trust, your love, your dreams to people who sometimes didn’t deserve or care about those gifts; that’s about them, not you.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/7. You forgot, while you’re responsible to many in this life, in the end, you’re only responsible for yourself and your words/actions.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

8. You took things for granted, got comfortable and forgot everything can change, end or disappear. It can, they can, it does, they do…so don’t.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

9. You gave up, settled, but it’s never too late, at least to have a modified version of your dreams.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

10. You’ve worried, fretted, brooded, hoped, believed, over thought, agonized and still things didn’t go your way, the other shoe still dropped. You fell and it looks like you’re down for the count. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, get up, dust off, there’s no time limit on getting back up.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

Halloween has come and gone, election buzz drones on and on, even if it seemed more like The Hateful Eight and clickbait than democracy. We lived through this horror for 9 years in Canada until we were,er, ‘saved’ by sunny ways.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/
Thanksgiving – we should be thankful every day, but maybe we shouldn’t eat that way.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/
Even before we take a day to remember and honour our soldiers,
https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/11/03/lest-we-forget-to-shop/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/
Black Friday and CyberMonday deals send cash registers pinging, Christmas bells start ringing, everywhere there’s singing. What will it be like this year? Still holiday cheer? More chances to learn and grow, to stop seeing each other as us or them.

Love is all around, going backwards wastes it. You can never tell what’s next so just keep going. You’re gonna make it after all.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/social-media-can-be-flat-most-humans-are-3d/

Editors Notes:

I would remind you that this blog is produced free for the public good and you are welcome to republish or re-use this article or any other material freely anywhere without requesting further permission.

News & Views welcome always published as long as NO bad language or is not related to subject matter.

To keep online information secure, experts recommend keeping your social media accounts private, changing your passwords often, and never answering unsolicited emails or phone calls asking for your personal information. Need help and guidance visit https://acepchelp.wordpress.com and leave a comment or send a private message on Telegram @Aceone31

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You’re Gonna Make It After All

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You’re Gonna Make It After All
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I know this might be a stressful time for some, but I hope this finds you in good stead.
Every choice
has consequences.
In the course of
human events it
becomes necessary
to distract ourselves at times, I don’t know about you, but there’s no limits to what I can accomplish when I’m avoiding doing something else, yet we hold these truths to be self-evident, some choices must still be made, hopefully informed choices.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/

Some choices are easy. Some hard. Some seem like a joy or a joke. Some involve danger, some choices even have underestimated peril, ie. household chores – germs, cleaning tools, boredom, hiring strangers, using pets (who hasn’t wondered if pets could help with household chores?) and imagine trying to really ‘clean house’?

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/

Then there’s the danger of choosing ice cream or chocolate and/or chocolate ice cream as a remedy for the common cold, it may not lessen the tyranny of the infirmity, yet if you add whining, comfy clothes, and sniffling, the choice is clear. Sniffle.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/

Admittedly, choices would be easier if everything was simply spelled out for us, without: lies, manipulation, false promises, hidden agendas, threats, deceit, complex small print, and if we weren’t at the mercy of drama ‘monsters’.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/Life is a leap, we’re always jumping into the unknown – every second, minute, hour, day. Life changes, there are peaks and valleys, but as long as you breathe, there’s hope.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/

Remember, even if…

1. You did something, said something that embarrassed or cost you, and/or offended, disturbed others. Learn from it. Social media can be flat, most humans are 3D. Keeping your dimensions, they’re important.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/

2. You stayed too long and gave too much, trying to save a toxic relationship with: a partner, friend, family member, group, organization, political party, etc. That doesn’t mean you’re trapped, mentally chew off that leg and get away.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/

3. You got caught up in the hype machine, most have at one time or another (even if they won’t admit it). Simple answer – accept responsibility, and change, start again.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/4. You fell head over heels, with stuff, especially during the holidays. We instinctively hunt and gather, now for stuff. You felt momentarily joyful but less than triumphant. Don’t feed addictions, accept them to overcome them.https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/

5. You found out the hard way talk is cheap – words, words everywhere but not a lot of truth, common sense, or depth.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/6. You gave your trust, your love, your dreams to people who sometimes didn’t deserve or care about those gifts; that’s about them, not you.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/7. You forgot, while you’re responsible to many in this life, in the end, you’re only responsible for yourself and your words/actions.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/

8. You took things for granted, got comfortable and forgot everything can change, end or disappear. It can, they can, it does, they do…so don’t.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/

9. You gave up, settled, but it’s never too late, at least to have a modified version of your dreams.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/

10. You’ve worried, fretted, brooded, hoped, believed, over thought, agonized and still things didn’t go your way, the other shoe still dropped. You fell and it looks like you’re down for the count. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, get up, dust off, there’s no time limit on getting back up.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/

Halloween has come and gone, election buzz drones on and on, even if it seemed more like The Hateful Eight and clickbait than democracy. We lived through this horror for 9 years in Canada until we were,er, ‘saved’ by sunny ways.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/Thanksgiving – we should be thankful every day, but maybe we shouldn’t eat that way.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/
Even before we take a day to remember and honour our soldiers,
https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/11/03/lest-we-forget-to-shop/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/
Black Friday and CyberMonday deals send cash registers pinging, Christmas bells start ringing, everywhere there’s singing. What will it be like this year? Still holiday cheer? More chances to learn and grow, to stop seeing each other as us or them.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/Love is all around, going backwards wastes it. You can never tell what’s next so just keep going. You’re gonna make it after all.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/11/11/youre-gonna-make-it-after-all/

Editors Notes:

I would remind you that this blog is produced free for the public good and you are welcome to republish or re-use this article or any other material freely anywhere without requesting further permission.

News & Views welcome always published as long as NO bad language or is not related to subject matter.

To keep online information secure, experts recommend keeping your social media accounts private, changing your passwords often, and never answering unsolicited emails or phone calls asking for your personal information. Need help and guidance visit https://acepchelp.wordpress.com and leave a comment or send a private message on Telegram @Aceone31

Ace News Services Site Links Listed Here:

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FEATURED: Power Play SMPTE Paves the Way for Content in the Cloud, VR headsets make you look like you are deep sea diving and need some work – @AceTweetNews

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#AceNewsDesk – Nov.05: SMPTE Paves the Way for Content in the Cloud, VR but it is not everyone’s cup of tea ..But changes are a foot ..

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“Conscience… that stuff can drive you nuts!” – Terry, “On the Waterfront,” Columbia, 1954

Elon Musk probably didn’t realize he missed a great opportunity to find out what his “competitor” was doing and how to prepare for his first trip to Mars.

Okay, that didn’t sum up this year’s SMPTE (Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineering) Annual Tech Conference; but attendees did get a lot of valuable information on how fast work is changing for visual storytellers.

The emphasis of this year’s SMPTE technical event was on using/working in the cloud and VR.

And there were some nice surprises along the way.

Rodney Grubbs, NASA Imagery Experts Program Manager, showed folks how the agency used film work to prepare folks for the unknown. His headline writing may need a little work – “More and Better Pixels, How NASA Plans to use HDR, 4K, VR and Other Technologies to Take Everyone Along for the Ride to Mars” – but it was clear by the end of his discussion that the standards group was on the right track.

He outlined how closely NASA is working with the industry in the development of HDR, cameras with 4K and higher special resolution as well as VR cameras and other technologies that will ultimately find their way to become standard tools for filmmakers.

Based on the other presentations and discussions during the breaks, change is accelerating.

When the industry delivers everything on Grubbs’ wish list, NASA could be running great promos on their new UHD channel for Musk’s ticket sales.

Unrelated Highlight

The annual technical conference is crammed with great technology discussions; but this year, SMPTE’s HPA (Hollywood Professionals Association) held their second student film festival with entries from around the globe and frankly, these kids are good … damn good!

I think Howard Lukk, SMPTE Director of Engineering and Standards, was glad he only had to host the awards instead of figuring out who did the better job.

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Audience Choice – The filmwork was so good that the audience choice award ended in a three-way tie. Above Andy Cook, head of global education strategy at Avid, presents Anna Dining, of RIT, with her award for her short, At the Game. This was the second student film festival for SMPTE/HPA which drew entries from around the globe.

Everyone was impressed with the professional level that the Audience Choice Award was a three-way tie. Winners included Anna Dining, RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) for her short At the Game; Unmasked by Christina Faraj and Alice Gavish, School of the Visual Arts, NY; and Rhapsody, CHAN Ming Chun of the Hong Kong Design Institute. Rhapsody was also recognized as the best use of VR for storytelling and proved that VR is more than just a passing fancy.

Filmmakers who work in VR like Lewis Smithingham of 30ninjas, and many speakers throughout the conference noted that people are literally experimenting, testing and refining VR techniques and technology but done right, it’s … awesome!

But seeing all the entries young men and women submitted from around the globe, it’s great to know that visual work is a universal language.

Ok I’ll say it … the professional content is also 100 percent better than the endless YouTube cat and stupid folks’ videos!

Working in the Cloud

I’ll probably be one of the last to jump wholeheartedly into the deep end of the cloud; but people like my kids and film folks who are budget-driven (time, money), see it as logical for 50-70 percent of their stuff.

A lot of progress has been made in the software-defined video pipeline, but speakers and attendees were still wrestling with how to get all the components connected in the IP (Internet Protocol) world.

While SMPTE is working on establishing standards, there are still issues outside the creative person’s control like adequate bandwidth, network reliability, jitter, latency and those gut-wrenching issues of performance and security.

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Shift Happens – Cloud computing and storage continues to improve in quality and security while costs drop. Those are very important considerations for the M&E industry where content is growing and considered very important to the future of filmmaking.

The move seems inevitable because neither large, well-funded facilities or Indie filmmakers can invest the time and resources needed when technology obsolescence is moving so rapidly.

Several immediate uses of the cloud were discussed during the technical sessions including some logical applications of IBM’s Watson-powered cognitive services for video content analytics. Separately, the concept of cloud-based rendering farms was also discussed.

IBM announced their Cloud Video solutions and Media Insights Platform at SMPTE and will be expanding the discussion at the Watson Developers Conference in San Francisco early in November.

It might be a fairly secure and economic way for filmmakers to optimize their video content and their audiences.

We’ll see.

Adobe, Avid, Autodesk and even Amazon are offering some very good, very economic production and post-production tools/services in their clouds. Two that will probably be welcomed with open arms are transcoding services and rendering in the cloud.

Transcoding is sort of a “well, yeah” type thing because it has become a necessary evil for a film of any length. The industry has had to move all of its analog content to digital and then make sure it could be shown at its best regardless of the viewing screen – theatre, TV, tablet, smartphone.

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Constant Voice – Annie Chang, of Disney/Marvel Studios, participates in a panel session at the Entertainment Technology in the Connected Age (ETCA) conference earlier this year in Northern California. Shown with her is Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of technology, TV and media at Ericsson and SMPTE president.

Annie Chang, Vice President of Technology for Marvel Studios and one of the leading women in the Hollywood tech community, is credited with helping Disney (Marvel’s parent company) transition from tapes to files.

Also known for shaping technology standards and strategies as well as helping research and implement new post-production and mastering technologies; Chang was recently invited to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where she will continue to champion the breakthroughs of today.

While transcoding was a commodity service everyone needed, it wasn’t necessarily accomplished in-house.

Even with efficient, effective solutions from Autodesk, NVidia, Dell and HP; filmmakers often say they have to wear asbestos gloves when they’re doing a lot of CGI (computer graphics) or FX (special effects) rendering.

And it ain’t cheap.

Using less expensive, powerful systems locally for most of the work and farming out the heavy-lifting VIFX work can save a filmmaker a lot of time and frustration.

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Unwanted Attention – M&E content has the unpleasant honor of being number two when it comes to desirable targets for hackers and cyberthieves.

The biggest issue in the back of everyone’s mind is security. About the best I can say about that is that they have really smart security people working on it round-the-clock, round-the-calendar but still … stuff happens.

Maybe, by the time SMPTE turns 125, it will no longer be an issue.

Rush to Immersion

Last year’s SMPTE had a great presentation by AMD on the state of VR (and its future) as well as a cool eyes/mind-on showing of Fox’s Martian VR Experience.

If you strapped on the still rather dumb-looking HDR (head-mounted display) and walked around Mars, you knew there were going to be some great immersive films … someday.

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Make Me Look Weird – We don’t need more laws, but maybe there should be a common agreement among folks that wearing an HMD in public makes you look dumb.

Mary-Luc Champel, standard director for the MPEG ATSC (Motion Picture Experts Group, Advanced Television Systems Committee) noted that in studies as many as half of the folks got physically ill and that the industry would have to move slowly so VR didn’t suffer the same end as 3DTV.

It is breathtaking, but he warned that its success depends on the viewers’ positive overall experiences.

He and other speakers noted that Gen Zers seemed to adapt better than Millennials or Boomers to the experience and the sensory conflict.

Another speaker, Pierre (Pete) Routhier, president of Digital Troublemaker, said VR is coming fast but there are still a lot of issues like camera, HMD, interoperable formats, compression and delivery standards that are still “a work in progress.”

The biggest challenge is that camera and HMD producers are all pushing for standards built around their technology and somewhere there has to be a common ground.

A VR Premiere

While SMPTE was informative and great for networking, I spent an extra evening in town to take in a VR premier.

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It just so happened that Doug Liman (producer and director of Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Ultimatum) and Lewis Smithingham, CTO of 30Ninjas, were kicking off one of the first scripted VR series, Invisible.

How could I resist?

Lewis had been telling me how good it was going to be (without mentioning the plot) for nearly a year.

Invisible was Liman’s first foray into VR and rather than the typical documentary or first-person VR film, he tackled the project as a scripted storyteller.

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Real Answers, Virtual Questions – Doug Liman (l), producer of the VR episodic series Invisible, answers questions on why he undertook the challenge of real storytelling in VR. Joining him on stage during the Q&A were members of the production team (1,R) Julina Tatlock and Melissa Wallack and Lewis Smithingham, CTO of 30 Ninjas.

You can catch the trailer online at several locations including Jaunt andhttp://uploadvr.com/invisible-jaunt-liman/.

Lewis said the episodic series is about the wealthy Ashlands family and a secret certain members of the family have that enable them to turn invisible.

Lewis shot everything with a Jaunt ONE VR camera and you can view it with a Samsung HMD or other VR device.

Lewis noted that it’s unique because you can feel as if you’re in the room with the characters and when one walks to the left and you can follow them. In addition, you can look around other areas of the room if you want.

Since the storytelling approach had never been done before, it made scripting, scene set-up, shooting and post work a constant trial-and-error effort. “All of us, including Doug, tried things that worked great in traditional filmmaking but were disasters with VR,” Lewis said. “So the entire team had to tune our thinking/approach until it felt right for the viewer.”

Lewis began working with VR in 2014 when it was really in its infancy and had to create a whole new storytelling language working with the earliest (primitive) tools, hardware and techniques.

Working at the forefront of the new narrative form he has pushed his hardware to the point of meltdown, cooking iPhones, GPUs (graphic processor units) and computers.

That’s probably because he was working with 4K by 4K, 59 frames per second high-res DPX (digital photo exchange) files that are roughly 85MB per frame and extreme amounts of data and processing were required.

While Liman and Smithingham acknowledge, some viewers may experience disorientation and nausea, they feel the episodic approach (less than 15 minutes each) may be the best way to enjoy the total immersion experience.

“Spending up to eight hours a day, six days a week in a headset is a sure way to guarantee you’re going to have a helluva’ nauseating, migraine by the weekend,” he joked. “I wanted to do everything possible to ensure that didn’t happen to the viewer.”

Technology (hardware and software) has advanced rapidly since Invisible was started a year ago. Today, he’s using a heavy-duty Dell workstation he named “War Machine,” a ton of storage and the latest solutions Adobe has available.

Smithingham emphasized that to produce really breathtaking and comfortable VR, shooters/producers have to have the right hardware that can render with a good refresh rate, a high frame rate and no stutter.

He wouldn’t give any hints as to what Liman and he are thinking about for their next episodic projects except to say, “Ideas are being considered.”

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My guess is they never want to look back like Terry did and say, “You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody.”

I doubt if that could ever happen.

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BREIN says that it complained to Facebook about nine groups which were being used to share several thousand music albums without permission from rights holders – @AceFriendsNews

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#AceNewsDesk – Nov.02: Facebook Deletes Music Piracy Groups Following Complaints When peer-to-peer file-sharing was in its infancy, Internet forums were the places where the enthusiasts came to meet. Regular users hung out with file-sharing site owners, while developers offered the latest builds of their new clients.

For a number of years, these forums housed thriving communities but slowly but surely most fell out of use, hit by a double whammy of failing to stay current alongside the advent of social media. For many, sites like Facebook and Reddit became the go-to place for discussion and news.

Of course, these platforms can be used for outright piracy too, with users posting links to the latest content on groups dedicated to file-sharing. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the entertainment industries who often put sites like Facebook under pressure to take action.

According to anti-piracy outfit BREIN, that’s exactly what’s just happened. BREIN says that it complained to Facebook about nine groups which were being used to share several thousand music albums without permission from rightsholders.

Links to infringing files hosted on cloud services were indexed on the pages. Knowingly posting links to infringing files is itself a violation,” BREIN says.

After being contacted by BREIN, Facebook responded by deleting all nine ‘pirate’ groups. However, this wasn’t the first time the social network has taken this kind of action. BREIN says that earlier this year Facebook removed a number of similar groups following complaints of infringement.

But while shutting down ‘pirate’ groups will have some short-term effect, the people that were participating in them are likely to regroup and set up elsewhere. Of course, BREIN can follow them to their new homes but it’s also aware of the value of targeting individuals.

The posters of the infringing links are also often the illegal uploader of unauthorized files [on cyberlocker sites],” BREIN says, adding that in some circumstances it will seek to hold those people responsible for their actions.

BREIN did this already with other intermediaries such as Google, Usenet providers and hosting providers of torrent sites, cyberlockers and streaming link sites.”

BREIN chief Tim Kuik says there are now plenty of affordable legal alternatives but choosing the unauthorized route could prove costly.

Illegally offering free links and files causes damage to authors, rights holders and legal online services. They should realize that this can be expensive,” Kuik says.

That message hit home earlier this year when BREIN tracked down a prolific cyberlocker uploader who shared pirated music in a dedicated Facebook group. The man agreed to sign a €7,000 settlement and left the group, which was shut down soon after.

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