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By: JW Winco | October 14, 2021Wherever something needs to be adjusted, you will often find locking joints at work with serrations that define specific angle positions. To ensure that the right locking joint is available for every application, JW Winco offers all components in a wide range of variations.Serrated locking plates, thrust springs and guide housings form the basis for the Winco locking joints, which can be assembled into entirely individual configurations. The core of these joints is always the locking plates with their precisely aligned serrations as well as their adjustment based on positive and nonpositive connections. Alongside the exact serration shape, the division of the teeth is also very important. Winco relies on typical tooth configurations, which allow important and specific adjustments in incremental steps of 6, 7.5, 10 and 15 degrees. But that isn't the only way Winco differentiates itself from competitors: the fastening of the locking plates is also clearly oriented around the serration position. This combination lays the foundation for clearly defined adjustments.Winco also stands out by using high-quality materials: in addition to hardened sintered steel, sintered stainless steel and precision cast stainless steel in AISI CF-8 (A2) quality, Winco has recently added GN 189, a 60-tooth locking plate of glass fiber-reinforced plastic, to its product range. Even more materials will be added soon. The locking plates offer very short disengaging paths and have zero backlash after retightening. They are also self-centering and produce exceptionally strong joints.For heavy duty applications, try the stainless steel serrated locking plates GN 188 for welding, available in sizes up to 3.15 inches (80 millimeters) in diameter. Tensioning pins oriented around the serration simplify the pre-positioning and make special assembly jigs obsolete. The threaded bushings and centering strip can be easily added to the order using the form. The locking plates GN 187.5 of precision cast stainless steel are available with threaded stud connection, fastening flange or a plate for welding. Together with the locking joint sets GN 187.6, the stainless steel locking plates can be combined to create locking joints that can be locked with a hex key or even tool-free using an adjustable hand lever with or without eccentrical cam. Winco's systematic approach to creating variations can be seen in the fact that the locking plates GN 187.5 are compatible with the locking plates GN 187.4. This allows even unusual joint assemblies to be realized.When combining two locking plates GN 187.4, the previously mentioned guide housings ensure that the positive connection is retained even when the joints are loosened, which protects the serrations from wearing. In other words, the guide housings are also important elements, which is why Winco is already working on new variations of these, including sealed models. More information on Winco standard parts can be found on the internet at: www.jwwinco.com.
AUERBACH TRANSLATING, SUBTITLING and DUBBING: DO's and DON'Ts
Octiber 11, 2021Expressions. Nuances. Cultural adaptation. These are some of the issues that a professional language agency must consider when translating films. Around 72% of the world does not speak English. As studios know, that opens a huge market for films either for multicultural communities at home (Hispanics, Chinese, Russians, Vietnamese, etc.) or for far larger distribution markets abroad. And of course, a version targeted to ethnic groups here can be used in their country of origin there.Among others, two interesting projects have bookended Auerbach International's 30-year expertise --Shortly after we opened in 1991, a consultant for Disney's Beauty and the Beast contacted us. The studio was negotiating a contract with the actress dubbing the voice of Belle in Spain and needed various iterations of the contract translated overnight from and into Spanish. Back in those Dark Ages of no internet and no email, most overseas communications were done by fax. The negotiators in LA faxed us the English contract to translate, we faxed the Spanish to the negotiators in Madrid who in turn faxed us the needed changes to be rendered into English. And vice versa.Fast forward to 2020. We were very honored to translate and subtitle into 21 languages The Great 14th, the world's only film narrated by and about the life of the (current 14th) Dalai Lama. Included in the 21 languages were Chinese, Tibetan, Mongolian, Burmese, Thai, Malay, Hindi, Arabic, Russian and common European ones.The first step in any film translation is normally a transcription, writing the dialog in its native language. If a film studio has a script from which the actors are not extemporaneously deviating, the script will work fine. Sometimes however, clients have audio interviews, podcasts or TV broadcasts which they want to share with a far wider non-English audience. In either case, any language agency needs something written - the script or the transcript -- to translate from.A proper translation must replicate concepts, not direct words. Google Translate and other software programs are generally more literal. For example, a year ago Google translated the simple sentence, "I'm on the fence about coming to your party" into French as, "I am on top of the fence about if I can come to your party." The current Google rendering into French is "I'm at the point of coming to your party." Neither version is accurate; "on the fence" is an expression meaning that the speaker is undecided about what action to take. This is a prime example of why studios should always, without exception, rely on professional linguists. And "professional" does not mean your foreign-born neighbor, your cousin who used to live abroad, or Maria down the hall who comes from there. Speaking a language in no way qualifies the person to be a translator (conveyor of written communication) or even more as an interpreter (conveyor of spoken communication). Both translating and interpreting are highly specialized fields that few people in the world can do well. To do the process accurately, Auerbach International's professional linguists must meet five criteria: 1. Master's level or equivalent training as translators or interpreters; 2. Work only into their native languages; 3. Complete knowledge of the subject terminology in both the original and the target (destination) language; 4. At least ten years' ongoing experience to keep their skills honed; and 5. Possession of the proper software. That does not mean translation programs. It does mean tools that create a Translation Memory, software that captures the words and phrases as the translator is working. Then when these terms repeat later in the script, the computer re-calls them immediately. The translation team can change them if the context requires or decide that the dialog will flow fine by keeping consistent terminology. And the more "matches" the computer finds, the more the client benefits from price reductions.Cultural adaption is also equally important and can go very wrong. For example, the film Like Water for Chocolate was translated literally from Spanish and lost its Mexican connotation of reaching the peak of sexual arousal.Some additional pointers: • The English script must be time-coded before the translation begins so that the production team knows where to place the subtitles or dubbing. • Studios should also ensure that the film is 100% complete before the linguistic process starts. • Any change to the film itself will cause the subtitling or dubbing to be re-done, resulting in skyrocketing costs. • If changes are critical, studios should rename and date each master version. Books and films require highly skilled linguists to get the nuances, expressions, dialogs and cultural references right. And that's why any studio should rely on an experienced, highly professional language agency such as Auerbach with the expertise to implement all phases - transcription, translation, subtitling, dubbing, film-name and publicity review to ensure no cultural gaffes, and more - all for many languages and with guaranteed accuracy. Philip Auerbach, PresidentAuerbach International Inc.www.auerbach-intl.comCA tel 415 529 0042 x 107PA tel 267 865 6890 x 107
Introducing PRIVADO from Vista Studios
October 11, 2021A private media island inside the climate-controlled data center of LA's premier production facility. Your PRIVADO service can use your hardware or servers provided by Vista Studios.Vista Studio's unparalleled connectivity options allow PRIVADO clients to use only the bandwidth they need to enable remote workflows. Connectivity rates are burstable to support instances where clients need more bandwidth for short periods.
Rose Brand: From the Fanciest Main Curtains to Plain Black Masking
October 11, 2021You can trust Rose Brand to create the most beautiful stage & event curtains, your black masking, and everything in between. We work with all types of customers, venues and budgets to meet your specific needs. Need it in a hurry? No one has more in-stock fabrics, ready to be cut and sewn to your specifications. Need design support? Let us help. Call today for more information or a quote. We produce more stage & event curtains, elaborate or simple, than any other manufacturer.
Showbiz Restrooms provides clean, reliable services
October 6, 2021Our portable restroom trailers are available in both 2 and 4 stall options. With the elegant design and durable materials these restrooms easily cater to cast, crew, party guests and the public. Our portable restrooms are equipped with the latest solar powered technology. Also equipped with Honda 3000 generators which are great for backup energy or any other power supply you might need during your event or production.Visit our website at www.showbizrestrooms.com or contact us at (661) 618-7414 or Showbizrestrooms@gmail.com
Scenic Expressions now offers Scenic Set Recycling Services
October 1, 2021If you're ready to dispose, recycle or donate your set.Scenic Set Recycling offers full disposal or recycling services for any size set, whether on stage or in our storage.We will also provide you with a full diversion report so you know exactly where and how your set was recycled.We would love to work with your charity of choice to donate your set elements & dressing or we can choose for you.
MEGATRAX SECURES TWO 2021 "MARK AWARD" NOMINATIONS
September 29, 2021Hollywood, CA, Sept. 29, 2021 -- Currently celebrating its 30th anniversary as one of the leading independent production music libraries in the world, Megatrax is pleased to announce that two of the company's tracks have secured 2021 "Mark Award" nominations - both in the category of "Best Use in a Commercial Advertisement."Says James Clarke, Director of Marketing, Megatrax, "Take a listen to our two Mark Award-nominated tracks and check out the music 'in action' as featured within their nominated spots by Clicking on the Links Provided Here Below!"The first Megatrax Track Nominated for a 2021 Mark Award:Track: "This Place is Burning Up"- from the Megatrax Album entitled: Funk PopTo hear this track and to see/hear this track featured within a Lexus TV Commercial entitled "The Dance," please visit: https://www.megatrax.com/post/mark-awards-2021The second Megatrax Track Nominated for a 2021 Mark Award:Track entitled: "Mischief and Mayhem" from the Megatrax Album entitled: Gothic Fantasy: London Orchestral SeriesTo hear this track and to see/hear this track featured within its DNB Bilforsikring TV Commercial, please visit: https://www.megatrax.com/post/mark-awards-2021ABOUT THE MARK AWARDSThe 7th Annual "Mark Awards" honor and celebrate the achievements of the production music community. This year's event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 5:30-7pm, during the annual Production Music Conference (PMC) held by the Production Music Association (PMA) at the OMNI Hotel in Los Angeles. This year's PMC, presented by AdRev, will consist of both virtual and in-person events held indoors and outdoors. The "Mark Awards" are named in honor of the late Andy Mark, who was a music library owner and a founding member of the PMA - the awards recognize the very best in production music across 35 categories.According to the PMA: Production Music is the "sonic lifeblood" of so many audiovisual productions, from television programs to promotional campaigns to major theatrical releases. With its proliferation running across the gamut of media productions and distribution channels, companies responsible for creating production music certainly contribute to the creative process of the entertainment and broadcasting industries, and are worthy of recognition.About MEGATRAXCurrently celebrating its 30th anniversary, Megatrax is a leading independent production music library and custom music house serving the broadcast and media industries. Renowned worldwide for its commercial-quality recordings and award-winning composers, artists and arrangers, Megatrax offers 19 distinctive catalogs comprising over 200,000 tracks in every musical style and genre.Founded by composers Ron Mendelsohn and JC Dwyer in 1991, Megatrax offers its global clients "Greatness Through Simplicity". The company maintains state-of-the-art recording studios in Los Angeles and offers custom scoring services for all media as well. Megatrax's libraries, tracks, and composers, artists and musicians, are constantly elevated to excellence by the talented creators who craft exceptional content on a daily basis from every corner of the world.Throughout history, creators have always used incredible tools when producing the works of art that inspire and challenge the world. Michael had his Air Jordans; VanGogh had his impasto; Jimi had his Stratocaster; and the global multi-media industry has Megatrax. The executives at Megatrax - creators themselves - have one goal in mind: to marry simplicity with greatness, so that the right track can be delivered perfectly, every time.
A Renter's Guide: The 2020 MacBook Pro Features
By: eTech | September 29, 2021We've talked a lot about what makes a MacBook Pro the ideal computer setup for creators of all types. It's ideal for video editing, production, and multitasking in general. While there is rumored to be an updated version of the MacBook Pro on the horizon in 2021 that promises to be intriguing, today, we're taking a detailed look at the currently-available 2020 MacBook Pro features. If you're thinking of renting a MacBook Pro for a project or event, here's your ultimate renter's guide to this powerful computer.The MacBook Pro's Physical DesignWe'll start with the physical design of the MacBook Pro. Apple is known for its sleek computers, and the Pro is no exception. The 2020 versions of the MacBook Pro include two options: a 13" model and a 16" model. The MacBook Air is also 13", and we did a deep-dive comparison between the 2020 MacBook Air M1 and the 2020 MacBook Pro M1 that you can find here. Today, we're focusing on the MacBook Pro 16" in particular.The DisplayWhen it comes to design, the Pro's 16-inch screen size makes a major difference regarding display. For creative projects specifically, the larger screen allows users to multitask more readily and to see multiple open files at once. It is a laptop, of course, so it doesn't boast the huge screen of some desktop monitors, but as far as laptops go, the larger screen is helpful. It's not so big that it's cumbersome and it maintains easy portability, but the added three inches (compared to the 13" version) are worth it for most users.The SoundIf you're planning to use your MacBook Pro for solely professional sound-heavy projects, we recommend investing in professional-grade recording equipment (we've suggested some products here). However, if you're using it for more general projects, you'll be pleased with the sound capabilities on the 2020 MacBook Pro. It contains a six-speaker sound system that is better than past iterations - Apple notes that it "produces room-filling wide stereo sound like you've never heard from a notebook before." And it has a "studio-quality" three-mic array that is said to offer super clean audio. For video conferencing, viewing webinars or online events, or working on collaborative projects, the included sound elements are strong.The KeyboardApple changed their standard keyboard up a bit with the 2020 MacBook Pro. The main difference is that they added a touch bar at the top of the keyboard that allows users to control certain elements by swiping rather than pressing specific buttons or using shortcuts. Some users like this, while others don't find it very helpful. It's rumored that the touch bar will be going away in the 2021 MacBook Pro models, so if you find it convenient, the 2020 model is for you. The keyboard also includes "Touch ID," which allows you to login and make purchases quickly, easily, and securely rather than re-entering your information. Plus, it's quiet and includes a force touch trackpad that feels intuitive.The PortsIf you're dealing with data transfers, the 2020 MacBook Pro does its best to streamline the process. It utilizes Apple's Thunderbolt 3, which is a universal port that allows you to connect USB-C devices without an adapter. It includes four ports total, so there's enough space for you to plug in the devices you need for most tasks. With a desktop monitor plugged in and the power source, you're still left with two spots for other devices you might need.The MacBook Pro's CapabilitiesHere's where the 2020 MacBook Pro really shines. Apple calls it "by far the most powerful notebook we have ever made." It boasts strong storage capabilities, an incredible display, and superfast speed. In short, it's a great machine that can handle just about anything you throw its way, whether that's 4K video production, film editing, or graphics-heavy projects. Plus, renting one allows you to receive it with the software you need pre-loaded and ready to go.The ProcessorInterestingly, the 16" 2020 MacBook Pro contains the Intel Core i9 processor rather than the newer M1 chip that the 13" model contains. We're hearing that the M1 chip may be included in the 2021 model that will likely be released in the fall. While the M1 chip does offer great user experience, the i9 processor is nothing to veer away from. It offers up to eight cores of processing power and is ideal for handling multiple files and long periods of steady workflow.The MemorySimilarly, the 2020 MacBook Pro's memory capabilities are just plain strong. It allows for up to 64 GB of memory, which is ideal if you're working with heavy software and large files. You can edit and multitask to your heart's content without fear of the machine becoming bogged down. It uses 2666MHz DDR4 memory, so you can easily and smoothly work on intensive projects.The StorageThe 2020 MacBook Pro 16" boasts "up to 8TB SSD storage," which Apple notes is the "highest capacity in any notebook." While we're always fans of keeping an external storage option at hand to keep your machine as "clean" as possible, this storage capability makes it easy to take your work with you anywhere, without lugging around lots of extra equipment. This is a major benefit for photographers and videographers, who deal with storing multiple files at any given time.The GraphicsThe graphics capabilities of the MacBook Pro are really what make it sing. It has the AMD Radeon Pro 5000M, which provides incredible horsepower for graphics. We'd venture to say that there's no other machine that can handle graphics the way this one can. This means that handles playback and ultra-high-definition video superbly well. You also have the option to upgrade to the Radeon Pro 5600M, which is even more powerful and meant for creators who are working primarily on graphics-heavy production or development.Renting a MacBook ProNo matter your needs, Apple's MacBook Pro is an ideal machine. It's fast, quiet, portable, and capable of handling what you throw at it. If you're an editor, producer, or creator that requires heavy software and complicated workflows, it's an even more ideal fit. Our experts can cater a MacBook Pro specific to your needs - let us know how we can help with your next project.About eTech RentalseTech Rentals a national technology solutions provider located in Southern California specializing in rental technology integration. eTech is committed to long-standing client relationships and consistent, reliable local service, trusted by expert event planners, film and entertainment production companies, and businesses in California and nationwide.Learn more about eTech Rentals at: https://www.etechrentals.com/
Matthews Claw expands Rigging Options for Astera & T12 Tube Lights
September 28, 2021Announcing the answer for safely mounting Astera Hyperion, Titan and Helios as well as T12 tube lights to standard grip equipment: The Claw! The Claw is a new generation clamp, designed to solve real on-set issues, by Sci-Tech Award-winning Key Grip Richard Mall with gaffer Jeremy Launais and crafted by the team at MSE headquarters in Burbank, California.Made of lightweight aluminum with a black anodized finish and weighing in under one-half pound, the system offers the familiar operation of the popular Matthellini Clamp. But in this case, the Claw is purpose-built for delicate tubular lighting fixture and features an attachment insert for a safety strap.This unique tool brings these popular lights into the grip world, offering ease and compatibility with any common rigging that has a baby receiver. Integral to The Claw is a Matthews 5" long, industry-standard 5/8" Baby Pin. Designed with the mounting pin in-line with the fixture, facilitates low-profile and simple mounting to a 5/8" grip head or Baby receiver. The 1/4"-20 threaded receiver allows the pin to be extended using a MicroRod or similar hardware. Adding Claws to a grip kit enables easy stacking of any number of tubes or accomplishing custom designed tube light arrays.Operation is easy. The Claw's threaded pin may be activated by rotating its winged handle. Clockwise tightening engages the jaw's four fingers, clamping them more than 180-degrees around the fixture for a sure hold. The handle is specially sized to eliminate over-cranking- a half turn is all it takes.For added protection each Claw finger is padded with textured rubber to avoid surface damage and slippage-safeguarding from nicks and scrapes on the tube's housing. Within the jaw a series of magnets work to keep the Claw fingers in the open position ready to receive a tube.