Future of VR & Filmmaking — AMD Breaks Intel & More! :: C9 Rewind Ep. 1

Future of VR & Filmmaking — AMD Breaks Intel & More! :: C9 Rewind Ep. 1

Hey everybody, and welcome to C9 Rewind, a new series that delivers you all of the latest news in the film and tech industry from the past week.

This week we have some juicy new details on upcoming superhero films, Microsoft reveals, and more.

Taika Waititi Hired to Direct New Star Wars Film

Taika Waititi, the director of Thor: Ragnarok and Disney+’s The Mandalorian season finale will direct and co-write an upcoming Star Wars film. Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who co-wrote 1917(which if you haven’t seen, go see it), will also help write the new film. 

These two have a great track record and after the trainwreck that was the sequel trilogy, we hope they can deliver an authentic Star Wars experience that we all know (or knew) and loved. 

New Movie will Explore Darker Side of Batman

Speaking of new films; Andy Serkis, who is set to play the role of “Alfred Pennyworth” in the next Batman film, said the new film will explore the Caped Crusaders darker side. Saying quote “I would say that’s not far from the truth.” when asked if we could expect darker Batman like in the Nolan trilogy of films.

We need a new, gritty Batman film. After watching “Joker” and how successful it was, a similar take on Bruce Waynes upbringing would be a hit. I am definitely excited to see where director Matt Reeves takes this one. 

Ad Industry is Taking a Hit Amid Shutdowns

The Ad industry is taking a hit as we experience a global shutdown unlike anything we’ve seen before. Employment in the advertising and public relations sector fell by 36,400 jobs in April alone.

When companies experience financial hardships, as many are today, the budget and people in advertising are usually the first to get the boot. Many predict this downturn will take years to recover, as businesses got hit hard during the weakest year of agency growth since the Great Recession of the late 2000’s.

Microsoft Unveils ‘Most Powerful Laptop Ever’

On a lighter note, mere days after Apple announces it’s brand new 13 inch Macbook Pro, Microsoft fires back with its “most powerful laptop ever”. The new Microsoft Surface Book 3 offers double the power as its predecessor and delivers enough power to play the latest games with ease.

It will include a 13.5 inch and a 15 inch model and not to be confused with the Surface Laptop 3, is a “laptop and tablet hybrid”. The 13.5 inch model will be available on May 21 while the 15 inch model will be released on June 5th.

Sharepoint Gets Virtual Reality Update

Sticking with the tech giant that is Microsoft: they recently revealed that their document management and collaboration tool, Sharepoint, is getting a virtual reality update called Sharepoint Spaces

You will soon be able to seamlessly share documents and files within Sharepoint’s VR spaces. You can upload immersive content such as 3D models and 360 photos and videos to create information flows without much hassle or technical knowledge.

VR meeting and collaboration spaces are becoming more and more popular in the business and corporate realm, and it will be interesting to see how companies both big and small will explore collaborating in VR over the next few years. Not only can you present more immersive materials in VR, but being in a simulated environment with colleagues from around the world while presenting content could change collaboration forever. 

For something like filmmaking and commercial video production, having the convenience of real time interaction while discussing a project could prove to be better than even meeting in person. Imagine tossing a screen up at the end of a table to show a video of a reference while laying out storyboards out on a table with friends from opposite sides of the country. Or building a virtual set with others to plan out locations and shots, all in an immersive environment. The ways this could impact filmmaking and content creation can’t be understated.

DJI Mavic Mini Gets Major Firmware Update

Back in the real world, the newest firmware update for the DJI Mavic Mini gives you a wider array of frame rate options with 2.7K and 1080p resolutions. All while being small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.

It also adds better flight stability and manual exposure, This caters to a wide range of consumers and professionals as all of these features in a drone around $400 is a great bargain. 

It’s got me wondering if they will continue to make smaller drones like the Mavic Mini and maybe even the Mavic itself more affordable as it caters to not only professionals by hobbyists as well.

AMD Breaks Intel

AMD continues its run of offering powerful CPUs at great prices. They recently announced Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300x to break the stigma that processors under $100 belong in the trash as these new CPU’s offer a surprising 18MB cache which is more than my 9th generation i7 at home.

This is a great buy for filmmakers and gamers on a budget, and with many enthusiasts already overclocking the 3.6GHz base clocks to almost 6GHz with liquid nitrogen cooling, the overclocking potential is there for those interested in that stuff. With pricing lowering for more and more powerful options being released by AMD, the horizon looks bright for those of us working post-production. Though Intel has got to step things up if they hope to stay relevant. We’ve already been shifting to AMD for our workstation, when intel used to be the gold standard.

Until Next Time

That is all we have for this episode of C9 Rewind, we look forward to bringing you the latest film and tech news every Tuesday for the rest of the year! 

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