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Dolby Has Reinvented Surround Sound with Atmos

With Atmos, Dolby has reinvented surround sound production, exhibition and distribution. But it’s taken me 6 months to finally “get it”. Back in November, Dolby flew me and members of the Brain Farm team out to San Francisco for a special screening of the Art of Flight in Dolby’s reference theater. This theater is basically Dolby’s cinema laboratory. … Continue reading


What’s New at NAB 2012

Here’s a list of what’s new at NAB 2012 and links to articles, product pages, press releases, etc. I will be updating this as often as I can. The 3G here in Vegas is awful. 1 Beyond Wrangler LTO-5 NetDrive This is an interesting little contraption. 1 Beyond has combined an LTO-5 deck with ethernet … Continue reading

Moving to Dropbox is NOT a Backup Strategy

I’m a huge fan of Dropbox. I’m slowly moving all of my documents over to it so I can be less tethered to my laptop and keep all my devices in sync. I’m trying to get this done before Apple forces me to dump MobileMe and switch to iCloud. I’ve talked with a few people that … Continue reading

Upcoming H.264 Encoding Shoot Out

I’m putting together a shootout between different software and hardware H.264 encoders. The planned line up: Hardware: – Elgato Turbo.264 HD – Matrox MAX – Blackmagic Design H.264 Pro Recorder Software: – Apple Compressor – Adobe Media Encoder – Telestream Episode – Sorenson Squeeze I’ll be looking for 2 things: 1. The fastest encoder with acceptable quality. … Continue reading


Why Do Aftermarket Car Stereos Have To Suck?

I recently bought a new (to me) Subaru. It still had the factory stereo and 6 disc in-dash changer. The previous owner was using a tape adapter to hook up his iPod. I don’t really listen to CDs much anymore. I’m about 98% iPhone, so this wasn’t going to work. It actually didn’t sound bad. … Continue reading


Is Physical Media Dead? Part 2

Back in May I wrote a post questioning the value of physical media when digital media is so accessible. In the last few months, I’ve experienced a few things that might answer the question. Movies. I’ve spent the last 2 years working on a film called The Art of Flight. I’ve mentioned it a few … Continue reading

The Art of FLIGHT – The Metal Teaser

In case you’re wondering where I’ve been all summer, check out this teaser. At Brain Farm, we’re all buried in post getting this movie done. I did the color correction on this teaser. Look for The Art of FLIGHT on DVD, Blu-Ray and iTunes Extras download on Sept 8th. For you post production geeks, the … Continue reading

Flickr User: Brooks Elliott, Creative Commons

What To Do When Your Hobby Becomes Too Expensive

As you probably know, I live in a very small town, with limited resources, in the middle of nowhere. When I first moved here, I could get my film processed at quite a few locations, many offering B&W and slide processing in addition to negative and all the regular services. Their prices were the same … Continue reading


First Studio Recording Session on Drums

The Deadlocks are currently recording a few tracks for Matt Herriger’s upcoming film Winter’s Wind. I can say that this is my first official studio recording session on drums. I’ve recorded myself playing guitar a bunch, and the majority of my live performances and rehearsals over the years have been recorded, and I’ve even jammed … Continue reading

Is Physical Media Dead?

It’s been a year and I’m about to move again. I’m looking through boxes of junk trying to decide what to sell, give away or trash. I inevitably get to my boxes of DVDs and CDs, which I’ve barely opened in the last year. It’s sad how many things are still in their moving boxes … Continue reading


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