Las Vegas, a weekend of technology and software showcases, flying robots and the opportunity to network with creatives across design, editing, production, producing and media management. Must be NAB Show 2015.  

While we weren’t there in person, Las Vegas is a far cry from the shores of Camden, we still had our eyes on the game and we’ve collected some of our favourite announcements from last month’s show below:  

Mobile Editing on the Go
Sticking with their mission statement of, radically simple media management , Axle Video have taken another step in the content creation and management game with their latest app, the Axle Edit, which allows for quick and easy editing on the go.
Marketed to Journalists and Producers, the app turns your iPhone or iPad into an easily accessible editing suite. You can quickly create your project on site, play your media back in low resolution and then render in high-res format on the axle server.  

FCP 10.2
While Apple wasn’t officially at NAB 2015, they made themselves known by releasing a new version of Final Cut Pro which now allows for 3D titles to be created. Also new is the ability to view up to four video scopes at the same time and create smart libraries for quick and easily accessible media. 

MAYA 2016
Autodesk have given their animation tool Maya a revamp with a reorganised interface, a rehaul of menus and added claims that it’ll also be faster to use with animations utilising both CPU and GPU.
There’s also been improvements upon the Mudbox sculpting tool, liquid effects platform Bifrost, and XGen, which replaces the hair sculpting tool previously known as Maya Fur.
No news on an official release date yet but the improved animation uses and performance has animators hot under the collar.   

Foundry Nuke Updates
Nuke Studio made a number of announcements at this year’s NAB with an upgraded version of Nuke Studio with multiple enhancements included such as 
simplified blending modes in the timeline and sped up 
editorial effects for adding insets and product logos.
They also announced that they’ve released the non-commercial version of the Nuke compositing as free software, while the features are somewhat limited, the 
opportunity to pick up the software for free with the main 
creative features still in place is excellent news.
The Foundry has also been building upon Nuke and 
previewed VR/ AR content creation tools aimed at creating live-action immersive content, which they previewed via the Oculus Rift (which we reported on in our last newsletter.) In partnership with 30 other media players, they demonstrated the calibration and stitching of live action 360 footage from multi-camera rigs. 

While Outstanding Main Title Design has been a staple in the Primetime Emmy Awards categories since the 90s, earlier this May, the 67th Annual Emmy Awards announced that they will now be handing out an extra statue for Motion Design .

Having previously reported on Motion Design being side-lined at awards shows in the past, it’s great news for the design industry as a whole to see it receiving recognition besides just Main Title design.
With the deadline behind us on the 15th May, now we just have to sit and wait to see if we spot any of our contemporaries in the nominations.

The Emmy's will air on the 20th September, for more info click here. 

While the other weekend saw the BAFTA TV Awards, a few weekends earlier were the BAFTA Craft Awards, which celebrated the talent behind the scenes.

There was no surprise with Doctor Who’s win for Special Visual & Graphics Effects which includes work from Milk VFX, Real SFX and BBC Wales VFX.

Best Titles went to the Winter Olympics 2014, who beat out contenders including Penny Dreadful, Da Vinci’s Demons, and Ripper Street.
And the two winners in the Editing field came with Jake Martin in Factual for Grayson Perry: Who Are You? and  Yan Miles in Fiction for his tremendous work on Sherlock.  
Having placed Selso across a range of freelance roles with some of our most renowned companies, we always look forward to seeing his new work.  

Earlier this year, Selso worked with Keko Media on cutting together a short film to screen at the Bentley stand at the Geneva Motor Show 2015. Working on the project over 4 days, Selso worked across both the Design and Edit using Premiere and After Effects. 
Click on the image below to see Selso's Bentley spot.
For Selso's website click here.

Heart eating royals, rebellious teenagers, punk rockers VS Nazis and stop motion Princes - this is what you should be looking out for from Cannes.

Unfortunately us mere mortals cannot be at Cannes in person, but we can still keep our eyes peeled for some of cinema's next big hits. We've put together some of the films we're most excited about from Cannes so you can get that Must Watch list together easier. Click on the image below to see our list. 

1st - 3rd
Creative Week
Piccadilly London
Creative Week is a unique event uniting leaders in the worlds of television, film and advertising to share inspiration and information.

21st- 27th
Cannes Lion Festival
Cannes, France

Cannes Lions is the world's biggest annual awards show and festival for professionals in the creative communications industry

Broadcast Digital Awards
The Brewery, London
The Broadcast Digital Awards celebrates innovative, interactive content, plus apps, social media campaigns, games and web channels. And it also champions outstanding shows from channels that achieve scale, volume and noise, no matter what their budgets or position on the EPG.
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