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CaraVR for NUKE tutorial

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Its finally online !

The brand new CaraVR for NUKE tutorial created by our German artist Simon Formanski at Stargate Studios in Cologne.

caravr4nuke Simon Formanski

From the experienced learned in our projects we are very proud to have one of our talented artists presenting on Pluralsight, what can be achieved used cutting edge technology developed by The Foundry in the joint research project DREAMSPACE funded by the European Union.

The Ten Commandments biggest box office hit in Brazil history

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With over three million tickets sold before its first screening – five times as many pre-sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens – a new film, The Ten Commandments, opened last Thursday.

It’s one of the biggest box office hits in Brazil history!

Congratulations to the Stargate Studios Team on this big success in Brazil! Great job team!!

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SanDisk launches SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSDs

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Looking into reliable storage solutions for the office or for shooting out in the field? SanDisk has launched SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSDs and the SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSDs, the company’s new pocket-sized, rugged drives.

“Every minute counts when we are on location, so with these new, extraordinarily fast, portable SSDs from SanDisk, I can spend less time waiting on file transfer, and more time on creativity,” said Sam Nicholson, CEO of Stargate Studios and member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

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Sony A7S, Atomos Shogun Capture VFX Elements for Stargate Studios

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Check out this recent interview given by Stargate’s Jason White about the latest additions to Stargate’s evolving arsenal of image acquisition tools. Focusing on Sony A7s, Atomos Shogun, and SanDisk ExtremePro SSD cards. Stargate has a great relationship with Sony, Atomos and SanDisk to make it all possible.

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CABSAT outlines agenda for 2015

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CABSAT 2015, a platform for the broadcast, production, content delivery, digital media and satellite sectors across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), will examine how global media and entertainment organisations are driving innovation into their businesses and content offerings amid the convergence of international broadcast, film, production, internet, telecom and consumer electronics sectors.

The event will include conferences and training sessions, satellite talks, the all-new Content Market Place featuring MBC Group and Stargate Studios, and an enlarged content delivery hub – a key attraction for exhibitors specialising in anywhere and everywhere connected content platforms.

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Making the grade

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As Digital Studio went to press the Abu Dhabi Film Festival was in full swing, with Ali Mostafa’s latest feature film, From A to B, shown as the opening premiere. The festival had a total of seven world premieres, all of them from the Arab world, including Ali Mostafa’s film. “It was the first time in the festival’s history that we opened with an Emirati film and we are very proud about this landmark event,” said Ali Al Jabri, director of ADFF.

One company that has made serious inroads in helping to develop the wider ecosystem is Dubai-based MBC Group, which last year joined forces with California based Stargate Studios to set up a joint venture called Stargate Middle East. This company is home to one of the region’s biggest virtual studios, and the facility has already been used to create the sets for the historical drama Saraya Abedin. You can read all about the facility and general trends in virtual studios on page 28 of the digital edition.

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Star Talk

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Sam Nicholson, CEO at Stargate Studios, speaks  exclusively to BroadcastPro ME about the evolution of entertainment content and the road ahead.

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“Dubai has the vision to create great TV content for the entire Arab world.”

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Dubai has developed into one of the world’s leading production destinations, the location of choice for Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters alike, including Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in 2010 and the much-anticipated Happy New Year, which will be released towards the end this year. Less attention, however, has been drawn to the array of television productions taking place across the emirate, which are showcasing Dubai’s cutting-edge technology and infrastructure, and putting it on the world stage as a strategically important global hub.

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Stargate’s new sound stage studio helps MBC to become a leader in regional content production

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Put very simply, Stargate offers the latest in green-screen technology, where actors perform in front of an old-fashioned green screen, onto which sets and new environments are placed in post-production. In one sense, it’s a new twist on an age-old filmmaking trick, but the sheer now-ness of the Stargate technology has placed Dubai at the forefront of the production world.   Read full article

Middle East broadcasters and visual effects studios produce premium content for global market with Adobe Creative Cloud

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The Middle East television broadcast market continues to grow—often broadcasting to countries and communities outside the region, including markets in Europe and the United States. Many billions of people tune into these stations from around the world through their television sets and online. As the market expands, leading companies are looking for video solutions to streamline their workflows, manage costs, and produce high-quality content. Many are turning to the integrated video workflows available through Adobe Creative Cloud, to produce everything from broadcast programming and visual effects to promotional content and special events. Four companies leading the market in their adoption of Adobe technology are MBC, MOBY GROUP, Dubai Media Incorporated, and Stargate Studios.

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STARGATE OPENS MIDDLE EAST STUDIO

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Stargate Studios, a production company that specializes in virtual production and visual effects, has partnered with the Middle East Broadcasting Center Group to open Stargate Middle East

The company’s first two full-service virtual production studios will be located in Dubai Studio City, U.A.E., and Cairo, Egypt. Both will be equipped with the latest digital camera technologies, LED lighting, motion tracking, real-time compositing, 3-D imaging and virtual sets. Both Stargate Dubai and Stargate Cairo will employ multiple visual-effects supervisors, producers and local graphic-artist talent and will feature extensive soundstages.

According to Stargate CEO Sam Nicholson, ASC, the partnership with MBC will further strengthen Stargate’s international presence and will bring the company’s proprietary Virtual Backlot technology to the Middle East. “MBC has given us the opportunity to dramatically change the face of the television industry throughout the Middle East,” says Nicholson. “This partnership connects MBC to the entire Stargate global digital network, effectively combining our production expertise and advanced technologies with MBC’s creative artistry and local programming.”

Founded in 1989, Stargate has offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Berlin, Vancouver, Toronto, Mumbai and Malta. The company’s global network allows clients to access more than 250 visual-effects artists and supervisors all over the world, as well as high-speed data transfer and simultaneous international rendering and delivery. Stargate’s Virtual Backlot provides an alternative to shooting on location, offering fully immersive environments to shoot establishing shots, multiple-angle coverage, walk-and-talks and driving.

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STARGATE STUDIOS PARTNERS WITH MIDDLE EAST BROADCASTING CENTER (MBC) GROUP TO OPEN MOST ADVANCED VIRTUAL PRODUCTION STUDIOS IN MENA REGION

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Stargate Dubai and Stargate Cairo to Cater to the Region’s Virtual Productions

LOS ANGELES, Dec 05, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Stargate Studios, the global, award-winning production company specializing in virtual production and visual effects, has established a groundbreaking partnership with the Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) Group to open Stargate Middle East. The first two full-service virtual production studios will be located in Dubai Studio City (DSC), UAE and Cairo, Egypt; both will be equipped with the latest advanced digital camera technologies, LED lighting, motion tracking, real-time compositing, 3-D imaging and virtual sets. Both Stargate Dubai and Stargate Cairo will employ multiple visual effects supervisors, producers and local graphic artist talent together with extensive sound stages. Both studios will be fully operational by Jan 2013 in order to service multiple MBC projects currently in pre-production, including “The Palace” and “Love Without Borders”.