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  • Music Video: Isabella — <I>More Than Words</I> December 14, 2018
    LOS ANGELES — LA-based recording artist Isabella once again partnered with director/producer Marcella Cytrynowicz to create a new music video, this one for her latest track More Than Words, which was released on 12/12. The creative partnership dates back to Isabella’s music video for her debut single, Three, which was also produced and directed by Cytrynowicz.
  • Ziva Dynamics updates character creation technology December 13, 2018
    VANCOUVER — Ziva Dynamics (https://zivadynamics.com) has launched Ziva VFX 1.5, an update to its character creation technology that makes the process of creating high-performing secondary dynamics faster, livelier and more memory efficient. Artists can now simplify one of the most challenging aspects of creature FX, using new algorithms to create characters that bend, jiggle and […]
  • Nine Scientific and Technical Achievements to be honored with Academy Awards December 13, 2018
    LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (oscars.org) announced that nine scientific and technical achievements, represented by 27 individual award recipients, will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation. The event will take place on Saturday, February 9th at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. In addition, cinematographer […]
  • Foundry ships V.11.3 of Nuke compositing & review tool December 13, 2018
    LONDON — Creative software developer Foundry (www.foundry.com) is now shipping Nuke 11.3, an improved version of its compositing and review tool. Nuke 11.3 is the fourth update to the Nuke 11 Series and brings attributes that will improve the user experience and speed up heavy processing tasks for pipelines and individual users.
  • Acoustic Spaces' Mark Genfan & wife die in TX flood December 12, 2018
    CALDWELL COUNTY, TX — Acoustician/studio designer Mark Genfan and his wife Alisin were found dead last Saturday after their pickup truck was swept off Southeast River Road during heavy rain in Caldwell County. Genfan was the founder of Acoustic Spaces (http://acousticspaces.com), a design and technical consulting firm that contributed to numerous studio builds across the […]
  • Veteran colorist Walter Volpatto joins Efilm December 11, 2018
    LOS ANGELES — Senior colorist Walter Volpatto has joined Efilm (www.efilm.com), bringing with him 15 years of experience and credits that include work on Dunkirk,  Star Wars: The Last Jedi, most recently, Amazon Studios’  Homecoming.
  • Jar opens new studio in North of England December 11, 2018
    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — Jar (www.jarpost.com) is a new video post facility that just opened its doors on Friday, December 7th. Located alongside Media City and the relocated Channel 4 in the North of England, Jar is home to five editing and color grading suites.
  • Bicoastal New Math adds final mixing services December 11, 2018
    NEW YORK CITY — The bicoastal music and sound company New Math (www.newmathmusic.com) has extended its list of services by adding final mix capabilities at both its New York and Los Angeles locations. The East and West Coast facilities will now offer audio finishing via studios that are equipped with Focal 5.1 monitoring, Pro Tools […]
  • Cut+Run adds editor Aika Miyake December 11, 2018
    LOS ANGELES — Editor Aika Miyake has joined Cut+Run (www.cutandrun.com), which has locations in London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Austin. Miyake, who was raised in Tokyo and educated in California, is a former drummer who says she edits like rhythms. The result is work that has both heart and soul.
  • FilmSupply hosting 'Not-So-Secret Santa' giveaway December 7, 2018
    FORT WORTH, TX — Through the 19th of December, FilmSupply (www.filmsupply.com) is hosting the “Not-So-Secret Santa $50K Giveaway,” a holiday promotion that will award 50 winners over three weeks. FilmSupply is a footage licensing resource. The holiday promo features $50K in filmmaker-geared prizes and is open to anyone who would like to enter online (filmsupply.com/notsosecretsanta).

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  • How Google’s Knowledge Graph Updates Itself by Answering Questions October 29, 2018
    How A Knowledge Graph Updates Itself unsplash-logoElijah Hail To those of us who are used to doing Search Engine Optimization (SEO), we’ve been looking at URLs filled with content, and links between that content, and how algorithms such as PageRank (based upon links pointed between pages) and information retrieval scores based upon the relevance of […]
  • How Google might Identify Primary Versions of Duplicate Pages October 12, 2018
    We know that Google doesn’t penalize duplicate pages on the Web, but it may try to identify which version it prefers to other versions of the same page. I came across this statement on the Web about duplicate pages earlier this week, and wondered about it, and decided to investigate more: If there are multiple […]
  • Quality Scores for Queries: Structured Data, Synthetic Queries and Augmentation Queries July 30, 2018
    Augmentation Queries In general, the subject matter of this specification relates to identifying or generating augmentation queries, storing the augmentation queries, and identifying stored augmentation queries for use in augmenting user searches. An augmentation query can be a query that performs well in locating desirable documents identified in the search results. The performance of an […]
  • Learning to Rank July 16, 2018
    My last Post was Five Years of Google Ranking Signals, and I start that post by saying that there are other posts about ranking signals that have some issues. But, there are other pages that you may want to look at while you are learning to rank webpages, and I didn’t want to turn people […]
  • Five Years of Google Ranking Signals June 22, 2018
    Organic Search Google Ranking Signals 1. Domain Age and Rate of Linking 2. Use of Keywords 3. Related Phrases 4. Keywords in Main Headings, Lists, and Titles 5. Page Speed 6. Watch Times for a Page 7. Context Terms on a Page 8. Language Models Using Ngrams 9. Gibberish Content 10. Authoritative Results 11. How […]
  • Google Patent on Structured Data Focuses upon JSON-LD June 17, 2018
    Search Using Structured Data Structured Data is information that is set out in a way which makes it easy for a search engine to read easily. Some examples include XML markup in XML sitemaps and schema vocabulary found in JSON-LD scripts. A search engine that answers questions based upon crawling and indexing facts found within […]
  • Schema, Structured Data, and Scattered Databases such as the World Wide Web June 14, 2018
    Visiting Seattle to Speak about Structured Data I spoke at SMX Advanced this week on Schema markup and Structured Data, as part of an introduction to its use at Google. I had the chance to visit Seattle, and tour some of it. I took some photos, but would like to go back sometimes and take […]
  • Google to Offer Combined Content (Paid and Organic) Search Results June 7, 2018
    Google Introduces Combined Content Results This new patent is about “Combined content. What does that mean exactly? When Google patents talk about paid search, they refer to those paid results as “content” rather than as advertisements. This patent is about how Google might combine paid search results with organic results in certain instances. The recent […]

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