Tuesday, August 14, 2012
From Canon USA:
CANON U.S.A. AND RON HOWARD ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIPS WITH FIVE INSPIRATIONAL DIRECTORS: EVA LONGORIA, JAMIE FOXX, BIZ STONE, GEORGINA CHAPMAN AND JAMES MURPHY
Inspired By Consumer Photos, the Five Celebrities Will Go Behind the Camera and Unveil their Films at the “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 14, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the first photography-inspired film festival in history, aligning with five influential celebrities from five diverse disciplines who will direct short films under the tutelage of two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard. Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman and James Murphy have signed on for year two of Canon’s “Long Live Imagination” campaign and the next endeavor, “Project Imaginat10n,” where consumer photographs will inspire Hollywood films.
In 2011, Ron Howard and Canon U.S.A. invited photographers of all levels to submit their most imaginative photographs based on eight elements of storytelling for an unprecedented user-generated contest, “Project Imagin8ion.” The project set out to prove that photography could be used as a creative vehicle, even inspiring a Ron Howard production. Nearly 100,000 photos later, eight photos were selected and influenced an award-winning short film, “when you find me,” directed by Bryce Dallas Howard.
A new exploration of the creative exercise, “Project Imaginat10n,” kicks off today at imagination.usa.canon.com, where consumers will have the chance to submit photos to be narrowed down by Canon, Ron Howard and community voting. The “10” in “Imaginat10n,” represents ten storytelling elements and ten films that will ultimately be produced, five of which will be directed by our creative icons to be showcased at a special Canon “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival in 2013. The other five film directors will be announced at a later date.
“Last year’s campaign reinforced the endless possibilities of photography, engaging the masses who entered photos at a record shattering pace to inspire a film legend, Ron Howard,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “An award-winning film shot on the new Cinema EOS System was proof that creative collaboration matched with the power of Canon products can achieve great things.”
He added, “This time around we’re setting out to prove Ron Howard’s very own words, that ‘we’re all creative,’ aligning with a diverse group of leaders from different fields including TV, film, fashion, music, technology and business who will each use photography to inspire the screenplay of the short film they direct.”
“‘Project Imaginat10n’ is a genius and organic partnership – linking together people I personally admire and the limitless untapped creativity in everyone,” said Eva Longoria, film and TV actress. “I’m extremely passionate about this opportunity and looking forward to stepping behind the camera.”
“When I saw what Ron Howard was doing last year with Canon, I knew the project had integrity,” said Jamie Foxx, Academy Award® winner. “Ron is a film icon and after he made a cameo in one of my music videos, it was only appropriate that we team up a second time for something truly outstanding.”
“This project is scratching a creative itch I’ve had for a long time – and the chance to work with Ron Howard and Canon is the icing on the cake,” said Biz Stone, Co-Founder of Twitter. “Whether it’s a tweet or a photo, consumers want to share and I’m excited to jump right in.”
“As a fashion designer, I’m constantly inspired by visual elements such as textures, lighting, and colors,” said Georgina Chapman, designer and co-founder of Marchesa. “Photography has always been linked with the fashion industry, so I am looking forward to working with this medium in my first-ever directing endeavor.”
"I like to make things, it doesn't matter what, so this project makes me really happy," said James Murphy, founder of LCD Soundsystem. "My first camera was a Canon AE1-P that I saved up and bought myself in the 80s and I've been a Canon guy ever since. I now have about eight or nine Canon cameras, including a mint 1014XL-S super 8 sound camera that I've had modified for crystal sync! I'm excited to direct something narrative, and really looking forward to working with Ron Howard, learning as much as I can."
“The concept behind ‘Project Imaginat10n’ showcases the power still images can have on narrative storytelling, but more importantly, it demonstrates there are no limits with creativity and sources of inspiration can come from anyone or anything,” said Ron Howard. “It has been a pleasure to partner with Canon on this experiment and I’m thrilled to work with this talented group of new directors – Eva, Jamie, Biz, Georgina and James – to help them on this creative journey.”
“Project Imaginat10n” showcases Canon’s commitment to still and video as well as the amateur and pro. Last year’s film “when you find me” was shot using Canon cameras including the new Cinema EOS System and DSLR cameras and EF lenses. The films directed by Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Biz Stone, Georgina Chapman and James Murphy will also be produced on the Cinema EOS System.
Grey New York, Canon’s agency partner for over thirty years, is developing the creative and digital elements of the multi-phase campaign. Alliance, the activation and public relations division of Grey, is managing the talent partnerships as well as the promotional, event and public relations efforts.
“Project Imaginat10n” Rules
The contest entry period runs from Tuesday, August 14 – Monday, September 24, 2012. To enter, visit imagination.usa.canon.com and follow the on-screen entry instructions. The “Project Imaginat10n” contest will feature ten storytelling themes in which consumers can submit their photos: Setting, Time, Character, Mood, Backstory, Relationship, Goal, Obstacle, The Unknown, and a surprise 10th theme, which will be revealed at a later date. There will be a public vote on the finalists from Tuesday, September 4 – Monday, October 1. With input from the online community, Canon and Ron Howard, the entries will be narrowed down to 91 winners and the five celebrity directors will select ten photos, one per theme, to inspire their films. The films will then be showcased at a special Canon “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival in 2013.
ABOUT EVA LONGORIA
Actress, producer, director, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Eva Longoria is most well-known from the hit TV series, “Desperate Housewives.” Her upcoming theatrical releases include “Long Time Gone” and “The Truth.” She is founder of “Eva's Heroes” and “The Eva Longoria Foundation,” and has been named “Philanthropist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter. Eva owns BESO restaurants, her own production company, UnbeliEVAble Productions, and has a bestselling cookbook.
ABOUT JAMIE FOXX
Jamie Foxx is an Academy® Award and Grammy® Award-winning actor, musician, and comedian, and one of Hollywood’s elite multi-faceted performers. He will star as the title character in Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated “Django Unchained” in December 2012, and then begin production on Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down.”
ABOUT BIZ STONE
As a progenitor of the early social web, Biz Stone became an internet entrepreneur in 1999, and later went on to work for Google. Then, in 2006, Biz co-founded the global social media phenomenon, Twitter. GQ dubbed him Nerd of the Year and TIME called him one of most influential persons in the world.
ABOUT GEORGINA CHAPMAN
Georgina Chapman is an English fashion designer and co-founder of the fashion label MARCHESA. Serving as Designer and Creative Director of the brand, her designs have become a red carpet mainstay and are regularly featured in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Recently, Georgina starred as a judge on the television series, “Project Runway: All-stars.”
ABOUT JAMES MURPHY
James Murphy is best known as the leader of the Grammy® nominated band LCD Soundsystem. He also co-founded the DFA label, which released the band’s catalogue including its three celebrated albums. James later provided the original soundtrack for the 2010 film “Greenberg” by acclaimed director Noah Baumbach, and most recently executive produced “Shut Up and Play the Hits,” a feature length film chronicling LCD Soundsystem’s farewell show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on April 2, 2011.
ABOUT RON HOWARD
Ronald William “Ron” Howard is an American actor, director and producer. He came to prominence as a child actor, playing Opie Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show for eight years, and later as the teenaged Richie Cunningham in the sitcom “Happy Days” for six years. He made film appearances such as in “American Graffiti” in 1973 and while starring in “Happy Days” he also made “The Shootist” in 1976, as well as making his directorial debut with the 1977 comedy film “Grand Theft Auto.” He left “Happy Days” in 1980 to focus on directing, and has since gone on to direct several films, including the Oscar winning “Cocoon,” “Apollo 13,” “Frost/Nixon,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Ron won the Academy® Award for “A Beautiful Mind” as the director and also producer of the film. In 2003, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
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Post Date: 8/14/2012 9:14:35 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
From Canon USA:
CANON U.S.A. EXHIBITS A FULL LINE OF INPUT AND OUTPUT PROFESSIONAL IMAGING PRODUCTS AT INFOCOMM 2012
LAS VEGAS, June 12, 2012 – Helping to enhance the workflow of audiovisual professionals while delivering high-quality results, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its innovative product line of both input and output solutions including the recently introduced REALiS Pro AV Series LCOS and portable LV-Series projectors at InfoComm 2012, June 13-15, booth # C6334 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Canon products on display at InfoComm 2012 will include:
REALiS Pro AV Series LCOS Projectors
Designed to provide exceptional display performance for large conference rooms, small theaters, and other long-throw venues with relatively high ambient light levels, Canon’s REALiS SX6000 and REALiS WX6000 projectors integrate new, advanced LCOS display panels with an improved pixel-spacing aperture ratio of 96 percent for seamless imagery and exceptional detail. The REALiS SX6000 delivers 6000 lumens of brightness at SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution and an aspect ratio of 4:3, while the REALiS WX6000 delivers 5700 lumens of brightness at WXGA+ (1440 x 900) resolution and an aspect ratio of 16:10.
The REALiS WUX5000 and REALiS WUX4000 Pro AV Series LCOS projectors will also be on display showcasing their WUXGA-resolution (1920 x 1200). These projectors – and the new REALiS SX6000 and REALiS WX6000 – offer a choice of three Genuine Canon projection lens options, ample computer and video inputs (including HDMI Version 1.3 and DVI), a built-in Six-Axis Color-Correction IC and 3D Color LUT (look-up table) for superb color-reproduction accuracy.
REALiS Pro AV Series Portable LCOS Projectors
Designed for classrooms, conference rooms, and similar environments, Canon’s line of REALiS portable multimedia projectors feature Canon AISYS-enhanced LCOS display technology for the display of video and still images with intricate detail, high brightness, and accurate color. Displayed at this year’s show will be the WUXGA resolution REALiS WUX10 Mark II and SXGA+ resolution REALiS SX80 Mark II models, as well as the SXGA+ resolution REALiS SX7 Mark II projector with a high brightness rating of 4000 lumens and support of both Adobe RGB and sRGB color spaces.
Canon LV-Series Portable Multimedia Projectors
Cost-effective and feature-packed, Canon’s line of portable LCD projectors will also be shown at InfoComm 2012, including the new LV-8227A, LV-7392A, LV-7297M, and LV-7292M models. All feature convenient Auto Set-Up functions, a variety of Image Modes to suit varied presentation needs, and long lamp and filter life.
Also on display will be the Canon LV-8235 Ultra-Short Throw (UST) model, which is capable of projecting an 80-inch picture from a distance of only 1.05 ft. This projector can sit on a table or be mounted horizontally or vertically on a wall, ceiling or floor for a variety of display applications, including educational presentations, advertising/digital signage, or museum/arcade rear-projection screens.
Cinema EOS Cameras
Designed for high-end digital filmmaking and HD television production, the Canon Cinema EOS C300 digital cinema camera employs Canon’s unique Super 35mm, 8.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, revolutionary DIGIC DV III Image Processor, and MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps XF codec to deliver exceptional dynamic range and exposure latitude. Part of Canon’s Cinema EOS system, the highly mobile Cinema EOS C300 is designed to be used with Canon’s wide array of Cinema-EF, EF, EF-S, or – for the C300PL camera version – PL-mount cine lenses. The Canon Cinema EOS C300 and EOS C300PL cameras provide filmmakers, universities and corporations with a class-leading professional tool for producing first-class HD video content in the studio or on location.
Canon EOS Digital HD SLR Cameras
Of interest to a wide variety of corporate and institutional HD videographers, filmmakers, and professional photographers is Canon’s line of EOS digital SLR cameras. Canon’s InfoComm display will showcase the EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 7D, and EOS 60D, all of which combine the ultimate in still-imaging quality with full 1080p HD video capture. Compatible with more than 60 Canon lenses as well as with EOS System accessories, these cameras offer unprecedented content-creation opportunities.
HD Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras
Designed for use in houses of worship, schools, sports stadiums, concert halls, TV stations, and legislative chambers, Canon’s broadcast-quality remote-control robotic HD pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras are fully integrated, cost-effective systems. The compact Canon XU-80 features a water-resistant housing for either outdoor or indoor use. An alternate model, the XU-80W includes a wiper unit to maintain lens clarity and a servo neutral density (ND) filter unit to optimize picture quality for permanent outdoor installations. Both models are equipped with a 1/3-inch CMOS HD 2.1 megapixel imaging sensor and a Genuine Canon 20x zoom lens with additional 12x digital zoom.
The Canon BU-46H and BU-51H are larger models designed for outdoor and indoor use, respectively, and feature a Genuine Canon 20x HD zoom lens with a 2X digital extender. The BU-46H and BU-51H are equipped with three 1/3-inch (1.67 million-pixel) CCD sensors and also feature an advanced Canon Auto Focus function and Canon’s sophisticated Image Stabilizer technology. All four of Canon’s HD PTZ cameras use a non-proprietary control protocol enabling users and system integrators to interface the cameras with a variety of control systems from major third-party providers. The XU-80, XU-80W, BU-46H, and BU-51H also include genlock input for broadcast video-system synchronization, HD-SDI outputs for HD recording, and a simultaneous analog composite output (NTSC or PAL) for monitoring.
Canon XF-Series Professional File-Based HD Camcorders
Canon’s XF Series of professional file-based HD camcorders feature Genuine Canon HD zoom lenses, advanced Canon 1920 x 1080 Canon CMOS image sensors, Canon’s MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps XF codec for exceptional HD image quality and color detail, and Compact Flash (CF) card recording (with hot-swappable card slots) for edit system compatibility and efficient workflow. The XF305 and XF300 HD camcorders include a 18x HD L-series zoom lens; the smaller Canon XF105 and XF100 feature a 10x HD zoom lens and Canon’s built-in infrared low-light feature to shoot HD video in complete darkness. All models include XLR microphone inputs.
Megapixel IP Video Security Cameras
Canon’s megapixel IP security cameras include the VB-M40 PTZ camera, VB-M600VE fixed vandal-resistant outdoor network dome camera, VB-M600D fixed network dome camera, and the VB-M700F fixed “box” style camera. All feature Genuine Canon optics, a 1/3-inch 1.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor, Canon DIGIC NET image processor, and simultaneous transmission of high-quality video up to 1280x960/30 fps in bandwidth-saving H.264 and Motion-JPEG. A built-in Web Viewer allows for remote video monitoring by authorized users on any web browser, including “smart phone” web browsers or leading third-party applications. In addition, the models VB-M600VE and VB-M600D feature a unique Remote Adjustment Function to adjust the pan, tilt, rotation, zoom, and focus settings of these fixed cameras from any Internet-connected PC at any time.
Post Date: 6/12/2012 11:43:46 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Monday, June 04, 2012
From Canon USA: CANON U.S.A. ENCOURAGES NATIONAL PARKS VISITORS TO UNLEASH THEIR CREATIVITY THIS SUMMER WITH FREE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS Canon’s Photography in the Parks Program Equips Visitors with Free Camera and Camcorder Loans, Professional Photography Lessons and a Unique, Hands-On Experience to Create Lasting Memories
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 4, 2012 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is once again joining forces with several of the country’s acclaimed national parks to offer free photography workshops to visitors this summer. The Canon Photography in the Parks Program provides participants with free equipment loans and professional photography instruction as they take part in a guided walking photo tour. Following the tour, participants have the opportunity to print images for free and take home a CD of their image files. Visitors of all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate.
New to this year’s program are Canon video workshop sessions. Visitors can experience and learn about shooting video by using a Canon VIXIA camcorder or EOS digital SLR camera and participating in a hands-on videography demonstration with experts.
“Canon is incredibly excited to help people improve their photography skills and capture the beauty of our national parks through our Photography in the Parks Program,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Our nation’s magnificent and pristine national parks offer the quintessential location to help people improve their photography skills and inspire creativity. In doing so, Canon hopes to also help those who visit parks this summer create and preserve lasting memories and leverage their newfound skills throughout their lives, for all of their important moments.”
In addition, Canon is sponsoring the new National Geographic iPhone application, National Parks by National Geographic. Available as a free download from Apple’s App Store, the app provides users with park information and photo galleries, travel tips from National Geographic editors, and information about park events – including the Canon Photography in the Parks Program. The app also features photo tips to help users capture beautiful photography throughout their summer travels.
The Canon Photography in the Parks Program will take place at various dates through the summer at the following national parks:
- Grand Canyon: May 31 – June 20
- Zion: June 24 – July 9
- Yosemite: July 13 – July 17
- Yellowstone: July 23 – July 31
- Grand Teton: August 1 – August 2
- Rocky Mountain: August 5 – August 11
- Acadia: August 18 – August 29
For more information on the Canon Photography in the Parks program, visit Canon U.S.A. on Facebook at facebook.com/canonUSA.
Post Date: 6/4/2012 9:23:34 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
From Canon USA:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D Digital SLR Cameras of Choice for Stunts and Action Work on Set of “Marvel’s The Avengers”
1920 x 1080 HD Recording And 24p Frame Rate
Enable Gripping Point-Of-View Shots for Theatrical Filmmaking
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., May 9, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that its EOS 5D Mark II and 7D Digital SLR cameras have been used on the set of Marvel’s latest movie, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” to capture thrilling point-of-view (POV) action shots that can be seamlessly intercut with footage from the film’s principal 35mm and digital cinematography cameras to heighten the film’s visual impact. “Marvel’s The Avengers” shows an epic confrontation between nightmarish super villains attacking the Earth and the super-heroic team of Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film is the latest and most extraordinary Marvel Studios Super Hero movie to date.
With intense action and visual effects captured by the Canon cameras, “Marvel’s The Avengers” required close-quarter action work with unrepeatable stunts. “The 5D Mark II and the 7D digital SLR cameras produce excellent, cinema-worthy images. They are great for shooting additional angles that give film editors more options for creating powerfully immersive and kaleidoscopic views of action scenes,” explained the film’s cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey.
On the set of “Marvel’s The Avengers,” McGarvey and his crew used five Canon 5D Mark II cameras and two 7D models. Using multiple cameras limited the need to re-shoot complex action scenes, and the affordability and compact size of the cameras enabled the crew to obtain ample coverage by strategically angling them from various vantage points throughout the set. “The cameras’ small size was a major advantage to us. We were able to place them in tight locations that were really close to the big stunts, which would be too risky to do with bigger cameras that would require an operator and two assistants,” McGarvey said. He was able to slide one of the Canon cameras into a sewer grating, while placing another under a pile of debris for a key shot of a car hurtling toward the lens, flipping through the air on fire.
“We are thrilled that the EOS 5D Mark II and 7D Digital SLR cameras were called to action on the set of ‘Marvel’s The Avengers.’ We designed these cameras with versatility and flexibility in mind, and their ability to record beautiful 1920 x 1080 HD video, coupled with their compact size, make them an ideal fit for filmmakers looking to capture tight action shots,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
Compact, lightweight, and compatible with Canon’s wide selection of EF Series lenses, the Canon
5D Mark II and EOS 7D digital SLR cameras are equipped with large Canon CMOS sensors and Canon DIGIC 4 image processors that enable them to record exceptional full 1920 x 1080 HD video at the user-selectable frame rate of 24p (23.976 fps), which is the standard for today’s high-end filmmaking. Additionally, the cameras’ low-light capabilities were of major importance on the set of “Marvel’s the Avengers,” as many of the film’s scenes were shot at night.
Post Date: 5/9/2012 10:50:19 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Monday, May 07, 2012
From Canon USA:
CANON U.S.A. PARTNERS WITH LEGENDARY FILMMAKER RON HOWARD FOR YEAR TWO OF THE “LONG LIVE IMAGINATION” CAMPAIGN
The Multi-Platform Campaign Launches May 7, 2012, as an Extension of “Project Imagin8ion,” The First User-Generated Photo Contest in History to Inspire a Hollywood Film
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., May 7, 2012 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has created a new partnership with two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard for year two of the brand campaign, “Long Live Imagination.” The partnership, launching May 7, 2012 with a digital campaign, comes on the heels of Ron Howard and Canon U.S.A.’s highly successful “Project Imagin8ion,” the first user-generated photo contest in history to ultimately inspire a Hollywood short film.
For year two of “Long Live Imagination,” a new television commercial will debut on May 14, 2012 and will showcase the eight winning photographs of “Project Imagin8ion,” teasing “Ron’s Next Project.” Viewers will also be encouraged to visit www.youtube.com/imagination, the updated online hub featuring a personal message from Ron Howard taken from the set of his current film project, Rush. The print campaign will launch on May 28, 2012 and details of the new consumer contest will be revealed in summer 2012.
In May of 2011, Ron Howard and Canon U.S.A. invited photographers of all levels to submit their most imaginative photographs based on a series of movie themes for an unprecedented user-generated contest, “Project Imagin8ion.” The contest entry categories represented eight distinct story-telling elements – like setting, character and goal – that would ultimately shape the film.
After receiving nearly 100,000 submissions, Ron Howard selected eight winning photographs to inspire his next production which was directed by his daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard. “When you find me,” was shot using Canon cameras including the new Cinema EOS System and DSLR cameras and lenses. After the world premiere in November 2011, the film screened at Sundance, South by Southwest and Tribeca film festivals. It was also shown in theaters across the country including the hometowns of the eight local winners. The 30-minute film will make its exclusive television debut – commercial free – on IFC on Monday, May 21 at 8PM, ET/PT.
“I loved the concept behind ‘Project Imagin8ion,’ a very pure experiment that showcased the power of still images on narrative story-telling,” said Ron Howard. “I’m excited about what’s on the horizon as I partner with Canon for year two of this fantastic creative adventure.”
“The success of the ‘Project Imagin8ion’ campaign was unprecedented and we are thrilled to align once again with Ron Howard for the next iteration of this journey,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
Grey New York, Canon’s agency partner for over thirty years, is developing the creative and digital elements of the multi-phase campaign. Alliance, the activation and public relations division of Grey, is managing the partnership with Ron Howard as well as the promotional, event and public relations efforts.
Post Date: 5/7/2012 9:21:29 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Friday, April 20, 2012
Good news: According to my Canon USA PR rep, Canon USA is not suspending Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Post Date: 4/20/2012 9:41:29 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
From Canon U.S.A.: CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES GOOGLE CLOUD PRINT™ SUPPORT FOR SELECT PIXMA PRINTERS
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 27, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that the PIXMA MG8220 and MG6220 Wireless1 Photo All-In-One (AIO) inkjet photo printers now support Google Cloud Print™ 2 allowing users to print from Gmail™ and Google Docs™ on a mobile device and from the Google Chrome™ browser for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome devices. With Google Cloud Print, you can print from wherever you are, from applications you use every day. You can even share your home and work printers with anyone you choose. The PIXMA MX892 Wireless Office AIO inkjet printer is also scheduled to provide the same support in May.
“We are excited to work with Google on the addition of this connectivity feature on our PIXMA printers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “In today’s world, we understand that consumers are always interested in additional connectivity options to print their important photos and documents and we are more than happy to be able to deliver this new feature to our users today.”
"We designed the Google Cloud Print service to make it easy to print to a home or work printer directly from any app or device that you use every day," said Mike Jazayeri, Product Management Director at Google. "It's exciting to see that the latest range of Canon printers are Google Cloud Print ready, offering people a seamless printing experience."
For further details on Google Cloud Print™ and the compatible PIXMA printers, please visit www.usa.canon.com/cloudprint B&H
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Post Date: 3/27/2012 9:16:43 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Friday, February 24, 2012
From Canon USA Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Cameras Take Moviegoers Deep Into the Daring Operations of Active-Duty U.S. Navy SEALs in Relativity Media’s Act of Valor
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 24, 2012 — In an unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor blazes into theatres nationwide on February 24th and features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. This fast-paced, depiction of daring covert operations delivers a thrilling mix of stealthy tension, intense human drama, and sudden fierce combat waged by lethal heroes armed with the world’s best training and firepower. Act of Valor is a Bandito Brothers film produced and directed by Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh and written by Kurt Johnstad. Crucial to capturing the film’s absorbing up-close-and-personal action was its use of lightweight, highly mobile EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR cameras from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. As director of photography, and now member of Canon’s Explorer of Light program, Shane Hurlbut explained, the film could not have been made with any other camera system.
“Nothing is as small and nimble as our Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera packages,” said Hurlbut, a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, who has captured moving images using practically every film and video format currently available. “Never have I been so excited by the creative possibilities a camera offers cinematographers.”
“Inventing new perspectives for creative storytelling demands innovative new tools and we are proud to be a part of that process. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera provides filmmakers with a highly compact and mobile form factor. This camera has sparked our recent introduction of the new Cinema EOS system, our formal entrance into the world of cinema and television production,” noted Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
“Because the Canon 5D Mark II is so light weight, we were able to defy conventional motion picture camera physics and capture a high-quality cinematic image, which ultimately looked incredible on a 100-foot theatrical screen,” said Scott Waugh, co-director, Act of Valor. Game-Changer
The Canon 5D Mark II delivers full 1920 x 1080 HD video recording at user-selectable frame rates of 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25 fps. Employing a 21.1-megapixel 35mm full-frame Canon-manufactured CMOS sensor measuring 36 x 24 mm, the 5D Mark II also utilizes Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processors, which employ sophisticated digital signal processing to maximize picture quality and provide advanced operational features. HD footage is recorded to universally available CF cards for exceptional workflow convenience. According to Hurlbut, the camera is nothing less than a “game-changer” for motion-picture production.
“I call the Canon 5D Mark II a ‘game-changer’ for several reasons,” Hurlbut elaborated. “The first is its big CMOS sensor’s ability to collect light in widely varying ISOs. It’s very clean up to 1600 ISO. Its light-gathering capability has a nice, very film-like gradient. The 5D Mark II’s sensor also delivers ‘VistaVision’ depth of field. No other digital HD camera out there will deliver that. I find that if you operate at the right f-stop with the 5D Mark II, you get a wonderful, shallow depth of field. You’re also getting skin tones unlike any delivered by other cameras. I don’t think the other manufacturers have put the kind of R&D into their cameras that Canon put into its 5D Mark II. Perhaps the biggest reason why the 5D Mark II is a game changer is because it’s so compact. You can capture perspectives with it that no other camera system can deliver.” Guerrilla Tactics
Shot on sea, air and land in many locations around the world, Act of Valor owes much of its cinema verité style to the compact size of the Canon 5D Mark II, which enabled Hurlbut and his six-man crew to be nearly as stealthy as the active-duty SEALs the film depicts. The crew was able to transport an eight-camera production package in the overhead bins of airliners and avoid transportation difficulties of shipping larger more sensitive equipment. Once on location, the crew went into what Hurlbut calls “platoon module,” a tactic for self-sufficiency in which they could hand-carry everything they needed, thanks to their compact 5D Mark II cameras and the minimal support and lighting gear required.
The compact size of the Canon 5D Mark II also allowed for a lot of set-ups each day that Hurlbut says would not have been possible with larger camera systems. Hurlbut had his crew outfit their 5D Mark II cameras for different shooting configurations that could be switched at a moment’s notice with accessories from such companies as Redrock Micro and Zacuto.
“More than anything, what I love about the Canon 5D Mark II is that it’s part of a global revolution,” Hurlbut concluded. “The 5D Mark II is causing a paradigm shift in the production industry because it provides film-like quality combined with lightweight operation and amazing mobility. It’s also affordable, so it’s giving a lot of people a voice who’ve never had one before. I think the style of filmmaking that’s going to come out of the use of the 5D Mark II will be a whole, fresh new style that hasn’t even been named yet.” About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With more than $46 billion in 2011 global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks fourth overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2010† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. About Act of Valor
Produced and directed by former Baja 1000 champion Mike “Mouse” McCoy and former stuntman Scott Waugh, and written by Kurt Johnstad (300), Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an edge-of-their-seat journey, when a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly-trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film—showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs.
For more information about Act of Valor, please visit http://www.actofvalor.com
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†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
Post Date: 2/24/2012 2:12:36 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Monday, February 20, 2012
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Canon USA has announced two free Cinema EOS hands-on seminars at Canon's new Hollywood Center. These seminars will be held on February 8th and 23rd. Experience the EOS C300 with Vincent Laforet
Presented by: Vincent Laforet
Program: Professional Development Seminars & Workshops
Date: February 08, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: Free of charge. Advanced registration required. Visit: usa.canon.com/proworkshops
Location: Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center 6060 Sunset Blvd Hollywood, California 90028
Join us for an up-close look at the EOS C300 as Explorer of Light and Möbius Director, Vincent Laforet, explores its capabilities and highlights its potential at the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Laforet will be joined by Canon technical staff in conducting separate sequences involving dynamic range, ISO, skin tones, and color charts, and will also discuss the background behind the EF lens choices he made while shooting Möbius to create a unique look and stylistic results he was looking for. EOS C300 cameras and Canon Technical Reps will be available during this event. Touch & Try: EOS C300
Presented by: Canon Technical Reps
Program: Professional Development Seminars & Workshops
Date: February 23, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: Free of charge. Advanced registration required. Visit: usa.canon.com/proworkshops
Location: Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center 6060 Sunset Blvd Hollywood, California 90028
Spend an evening getting hands-on experience with the new EOS C300 at the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center in Los Angeles, CA. Canon technical staff will be on-hand to answer questions and guide you through an opportunity to try the EOS C300 and witness the impressive image quality, dynamic range, ISO, skin tones, and color accuracy results first-hand. EOS C300 cameras will be available during this event. While these events are free, the room capacity is limited, so please register to attend: www.usa.canon.com/proworkshops
Post Date: 2/4/2012 10:33:03 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
From Canon USA: Canon U.S.A. Showcases Latest Products And Technologies At The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show
LAS VEGAS, January 9, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, kicks off 2012 with highly anticipated products at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). On display will be six new VIXIA HD camcorders*, along with three new additions to the PowerShot line-up. As a special treat for CES attendees this year, Canon U.S.A. will unveil a crowd-sourced music video in its booth (#13304, Central Hall), which showcases photographs taken by attendees at Canon's "Legends in Imaging" PIXMA PRO-1 launch event where legendary artist Herbie Hancock performed his iconic song "Chameleon."
Visitors to the booth will be able to explore the full range of video, photography, printer, scanner and projector products that make up Canon's complete imaging system. From stunning scene-capture to ultra-high quality print and display, Canon's products champion image quality and demonstrate that each and every moment of life is worth capturing with the excellence it deserves.
Canon products showcased at CES include: Canon VIXIA HD Camcorders
Canon unveiled a new line of six VIXIA High Definition flash memory camcorders, including three compact VIXIA HF M-series models (HF M52*, HF M50*, HF M500*) and three entry-level VIXIA HF R-series models (HF R32*, HF R30*, HF R300*) which include improved functions and features to capture HD videos with high-resolution and superior quality. Tapping into social sharing experiences, Canon equipped select models with Wi-Fi connectivity and DLNA compatibility, as well as the option to capture videos in MP4 format. Through the new Wi-Fi functions, users can share, view and store videos wirelessly, including the ability to upload videos directly to YouTube and Facebook, or to mobile devices such as an iPhone or iPad. Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera
Ideal for photography enthusiasts seeking the highest image quality in a compact, point-and-shoot camera, the Canon PowerShot G1 X features the largest image sensor to date for a Canon PowerShot model. The camera packs a large 1.5-inch (18.7 x 14mm), 14.3-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, delivering exceptional shallow depth of field, a wide dynamic range and incredible light gathering ability up to ISO 12800. The camera is also equipped with an amazing 4x Optical Zoom lens, featuring a 28mm-equivalent wide-angle setting, with an incredible f/2.8 to f/16 aperture range for beautiful images that make an impact. The PowerShot G1 X shoots 1080p Full HD video with optical zooming and continuous AF, includes HDR Shooting and comes fully equipped with Canon's latest DIGIC 5 processor that enables the High-Speed Burst HQ1 feature. Canon PowerShot ELPH Digital Cameras
Two new chic PowerShot ELPH models will also be on display at the show, the ELPH 520 HS and ELPH 110 HS. Both PowerShot models are equipped with Canon's leading HS SYSTEM, featuring Canon's exclusive DIGIC 5 image processor that allows the cameras to achieve quality images in low-light settings, faster operation and improved spot-on color accuracy. The contemporary and radiant looking Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS features a 10.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, an ISO range up to 3200 and the world's thinnest 12x optical zoom with a 28mm-equivalent wide-angle setting.2 With easy operation, compact design and a no-compromise performance, the ELPH 110 HS shoots 1080p Full HD video, includes a 24mm-equivalent wide-angle 5x Optical Zoom lens and offers a High-Speed Burst Mode to help ensure the perfect shot. Herbie Hancock Crowd Sourced Music Video Premiere
A first-of-its kind music video featuring iconic recording artist and technology pioneer, Herbie Hancock, will premiere at the Canon Booth during CES. Shot at Canon's "Legends in Imaging" event in October 2011, Herbie Hancock partnered with Canon to create a "crowd-sourced" video shoot where guests were invited to take photos using Canon EOS 7D and EOS 5D Mark II cameras of Herbie's performance of his hit song "Chameleon." 1,800 high-quality stills were then printed with the new PIXMA PRO-1 and edited together using time lapse and stop motion film production techniques. Check out the premiere of Herbie Hancock's Crowd-Sourced Music Video at the Canon Booth #13304 or at www.facebook.com/CanonUSA
. Unrivaled Capture
Alongside the newly launched products, visitors to Canon's booth will be able to handle some of the more recent additions to its imaging system, including Canon's EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera which helps bring professional photography to a whole new level. Thoroughly redesigned from the inside out, it features a completely new 61-Point High Density Reticular Autofocus (AF) System (the first of its kind for a DSLR), fast shooting up to 12 frames per second (fps), a newly developed high-performance 18-megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Image Sensor, Full HD Video Recording, and many other advancements.
Bringing decades of innovation and expertise to the world of motion picture production, Canon launched the Cinema EOS System, highlighted by its first product, the EOS C300 digital cinema camera, in November 2011. Featuring a unique Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor, revolutionary Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor and a Canon 50 Mbps 4:2:2 codec, the EOS C300 provides outstanding cinema quality movie capture. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to handle a cinematographer's dream.
For PC and Mac users on-the-move, Canon will be showcasing its imageFORMULA P-215 Scan-tini personal document scanner. Complete with a built-in card reader, and weighing just 2.2lb, the P-215 scanner's compact size, simple use, and high-quality imaging bring sophistication to mobile and portable information capture, storage, and collaboration.
Meanwhile, office users can sample the style and quality of the Canon imageFORMULA DR-C125 Document Scanner. The DR-C125's innovative space-saving design makes it a standout in any office environment, while its flexibility and high image quality are only surpassed by its ease-of-use. Exceptional Output
Images captured with exceptional input deserve only to be paired with equally exceptional output capabilities. Canon will demonstrate a range of its leading printer products at CES 2012, showing visitors how to get the best from their digital content.
On display will be the recently announced Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer. The new PRO-1 is the first and only A3+ printer that will utilize five distinct monochrome inks in a 12-ink systemi designed to yield the absolute truest prints possible. From capture to output, users can look forward to maintaining every incredible nuance and color with the utmost accuracy and precision.
Continuing the theme of unrivaled picture printing, Canon's imagePROGRAF iPF6300, 24-inch Large Format printer will be on display at the Canon booth, demonstrating how professional designers and photographers can achieve extraordinary quality in their printed materials. Also on display, the 24" imagePROGRAF iPF610, is ideal for general poster printing and offers office environments media input flexibility with a cassette holding sheets up to 17" x 22".
Meeting the demands of small office/home office (SOHO) users and workgroups, Canon will be showcasing some of its imageCLASS multi-function printers (MFPs), including three machines that support wireless connectivity.ii The Color imageCLASS MF8380Cdw, as well as the imageCLASS MF5950dw and MF4570dw multi-function printers allow end-users to print from virtually anywhere in their home or small office. The imageCLASS MF3010 multi-function printer is a great fit for a consumer seeking an entry-level compact laser MFP.
For those with more space available, Canon will be showing its REALiS WUX4000 D, a high-performance WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution installation projector employing Canon's AISYS-enhanced LCOS technology and interchangeable Genuine Canon lenses. With 4000 lumens of brightness, it delivers spectacularly clear and rich images.
For more information on all of Canon's products, please visit booth #13304 in the Central Hall at CES, or www.usa.canon.com. About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With more than $45 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks fourth overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2010†, and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.
* This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
Specifications, availability and prices are subject to change without notice.
i This information as of January 9, 2012.
ii Wireless printing requires a working network with 802.11b/g/n capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.
1 The PowerShot G1 X camera's continuous shooting speed at high resolution is approximately 4.5 shots at 6 frames per second.
2 This information as of January 9, 2012.
Post Date: 1/10/2012 9:31:38 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Canon USA has announced that it will be attending 2012 International CES
CES 2012 will be held Tue, Jan 10 - Fri, Jan 13, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. Free registration for this event ends August 31, 2011 (today).
Post Date: 8/31/2011 11:44:58 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Thursday, August 04, 2011
From Canon USA: Canon U.S.A. And Ron Howard Select Eight Winners From 96,362 Photo Entries For 'Project Imagin8ion' "Project Imagin8ion," the First Hollywood Film in History Inspired by a User-Generated Photo Contest, Will Begin Production in September
NEW YORK, August 4, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, has collaborated with one of Hollywood's most influential directors, Ron Howard, to select the eight winners of the "Project Imagin8ion" contest from 96,362 submissions. Launched on May 22, photographers of all levels were invited to submit their most imaginative photographs based on a series of eight separate movie themes, each one a core tenet of storytelling, to ultimately inspire Ron Howard's short film. The "Project Imagin8ion" film will be directed by one of today's most versatile and dynamic young talents, Bryce Dallas Howard. The eight winning photographs can now be seen at www.youtube.com/imagination
The winners chosen span in age from 20 to 44 years old and are from across the country. They include: Walter Arnold
of Hendersonville, N.C., winner in the SETTING category for the photo, "The Final View" Jen Berry
of Los Angeles, winner in the CHARACTER category for the photo, "Dreams" Mikey L'Heureux
of Tarzana, Calif., winner in the MOOD category for the photo, "City Lights" Brooke Shaden
of Canoga Park, Calif., winner in the TIME category for the photo, "Running From Wind" Alan Michael Martelly
of Peachtree City, Ga., winner in the GOAL category for the photo, "My Word" Lexia Frank
of Wesley Chapel, Fla., winner in the RELATIONSHIP category for the photo, "Too Much" Chris Wehner
of Broken Arrow, Okla., winner in the OBSTACLE category for the photo, "Yea, Though I Walk" Kelly Shipp
of Conway, Ark., winner in the category of THE UNKNOWN for the photo, "Where One Day Ends, One Day Begins"
"This project has opened my eyes to the infinite possibilities of tapping into a larger community for creative inspiration," said Ron Howard. "As I selected the photographs, the story started to take shape using these building blocks to drive the tone and narrative possibilities. I was handed this challenge by Canon and I'm very interested to see how this exercise plays out with Bryce now taking charge to direct a film that is very much influenced by these eight photos."
Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard and Freestyle Productions are currently working with the eight winning photos to craft the story, develop the script and produce a short film using Canon DSLR products. The film goes into production in September and will premiere later this year in New York City, where the winners will be invited to a red carpet event and have the opportunity to meet Ron Howard.
"Our goal was to launch a long-term campaign that demonstrates how Canon's technology enables artistry among photographers of all levels, championing the imagination of the masses," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The number of entries has by far surpassed our expectations and we know the finished product, 'A Ron Howard Production,' will be a truly beautiful film, one that would never have been made without the enthusiastic online community."
Grey New York, Canon's agency partner for over thirty years, continues to develop the creative and digital elements of the multiphase campaign that will go beyond the short film. Alliance, the entertainment and lifestyle marketing division of Grey, is managing the partnership with Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Post Date: 8/4/2011 1:16:19 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Monday, August 01, 2011
Canon USA has announced:
"Captain America: The First Avenger" Action Shots Captured With Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Cameras
Full 1080P HD Capture, 24p Frame Rate and Canon EF Lenses Provide Compatibility and Creative Options for Movie Production
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 1, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that the highly anticipated feature film, "Captain America: The First Avenger", used Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR cameras to capture many of the movie's action shots. Throughout the super hero action picture, the 5D Mark II was used to shoot motion sequences that were seamlessly integrated with the production's 35mm film footage.
More compact and lightweight than traditional motion-picture cameras, the 5D Mark II offers creative advantages such as compatibility with Canon's wide range of high-performance EF lenses, user-selectable frame rates, including 24p (23.976 fps), the standard for motion-picture cinematography, and full 1920 x 1080 HD imagery captured by the camera's high-resolution 21.1-megapixel (36mm by 24mm) Canon CMOS sensor. According to Jonathan Taylor, second unit director/director of photography on "Captain America: The First Avenger", these features made the 5D Mark II an excellent choice for the capture of dramatic POV (point-of-view) action shots.
"The challenge with a lot of action photography is getting the camera in the right position," Taylor noted. "I'm always looking to get the camera into impossible to reach places because those kinds of shots make action sequences much more exciting. Most 35mm motion-picture cameras and even the leading digital cinematography cameras are just too big to get into interesting positions."
Action scenes in "Captain America: The First Avenger" in which Taylor used 5D Mark II cameras for POV shots include a car chase and crash, and a high-speed motorcycle pursuit. The small size of the camera enabled Taylor to mount it on the interiors and exteriors of moving vehicles to capture dramatic action shots. The camera's size also ensured that it was "invisible" to the film cameras shooting the same scene from a distance.
"The thing with action is that the more angles you can shoot, the faster the cuts you can use, and the more energy you get into a sequence," Taylor added.
Previously, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II cameras and EF lenses were used for action shots in the blockbuster hit "Iron Man 2".
Post Date: 8/1/2011 3:08:08 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
It's baaaaack. Canon Canada
has restored the EOS 1Ds Mark III from the archives. (thanks John)
Post Date: 7/27/2011 10:34:31 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Sunday, June 19, 2011
The Canon Online Store
(exclusively) has just introduced the Canon EOS T3 in new colors
- including Red, Brown, Black or Metallic Gray.
The rebate is also available on these models.
Post Date: 6/19/2011 10:19:21 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Thursday, June 16, 2011
In a press release issued today, the United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced the implementation of a near real-time photo delivery system utilizing the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
and Canon WFT-E2 II A Wireless File Transmitter: Fan Experience On U.S. Open Site Enhanced By New Technology IBM-Powered PicStream on USOPEN.com to Utilize Canon Wireless File Transmitters
June 16, 2011
Far Hills, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) will employ a new digital user experience for U.S. Open fans that will enable viewing of photographic images at near real-time speeds. PicStream, the IBM-powered photo console on www.USOPEN.com, will feature images created and transmitted from the grounds of Congressional Country Club using Canon wireless file transmitters. It marks the first use of such technology on a major scale at a live sporting event.
“Canon’s wireless transmitters will enable our images to be edited, tagged and delivered to audiences faster than ever before,” said John Mummert, the USGA’s manager of creative services and senior staff photographer. “This is the new transmission standard in the world of sports photography.”
The USGA traditionally uses teams of veteran golf photographers to shoot for USOPEN.com, news media and the USGA Museum. According to Mummert, volunteers had to run photographers’ compact flash cards to the USGA Media Center from far-flung locations on the course at previous championships. Images are captioned, processedand distributed to USOPEN.com and the press from the Media Center. This system failed to deliver the transfer speeds that today’s audience demands, especially given the 100-plus acres that comprise a championship golf course.
“Fans want instant content, and we want to provide it,” Mummert said. “Canon stepped forward with the wireless transmitters, and IBM was able to integrate the technology into their PicStream application to enable near real-time publishing capability. These technologies should enhance the overall fan experience significantly.”
The Canon WFT-E2 II A Wireless File Transmitter chosen for the U.S. Open is a camera-powered compact unit that attaches to the side of the EOS-1D Mark IV camera. The WFT-E2 II A transmits camera images over a wireless local area network (LAN) at up to 492 feet (150 meters). Portable USB modems carried by the photographers will relay images to the USGA Media Center’s tent.
“This technology has been available for a while, but only recently has become something that we are able to use to our advantage,” Mummert noted. “We tested it repeatedly at Congressional Country Club and the transmitting times were exceptional.”
Post Date: 6/16/2011 4:26:17 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Thursday, June 09, 2011
BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD TAPPED AS DIRECTOR OF CANON’S “PROJECT IMAGIN8ION,” A RON HOWARD PRODUCTION
“Project Imagin8ion” is the First Hollywood Film in History Based on Eight Independently Contributed Photographs, Produced by Freestyle in Collaboration with Canon U.S.A.
NEW YORK, N.Y., June 9, 2011 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that Bryce Dallas Howard, one of Hollywood’s most versatile and dynamic young talents both on screen and behind the camera, has been invited by Canon and her father Ron Howard to direct his latest film endeavor, “Project Imagin8ion.” The initiative is the first user-generated photo contest to serve as the foundation for a Hollywood short film, which now boasts the A-list team of Bryce Dallas Howard directing and Ron Howard executive producing, in partnership with Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy of Freestyle, a full-service development and production company.
Launched on May 22nd, “Project Imagin8ion” encourages photographers of all levels to submit photos based on a series of movie themes: Setting, Time, Character, Mood, Relationship, Goal, Obstacle and the Unknown. The contest pulled in over 8,500 photo submissions on the first day alone and aims to foster dialogue between Canon and a community of photography enthusiasts, inspiring everyone to achieve new levels of creativity. Consumers can visit www.youtube.com/imagination to submit photos through June 14th and to vote on the semi-finalists through June 23rd. Throughout the promotion, Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard and Freestyle, with the help of Canon experts and the Project Imagin8ion community, will narrow down the submissions and ultimately select eight winning photos – one from each movie theme category – to become the basis and inspiration for a short film shot with Canon EOS DSLR cameras and lenses.
“It is an honor for me to take part in Canon’s ‘Project Imagin8ion,’ partnering with a brand that is empowering young filmmakers and is at the forefront of technology,” said Bryce Dallas Howard. “It’s an absolutely inspired concept and I’m over the moon to not only direct this film but to work with my father, a true mentor and my personal hero. My hope is that this film will honor the creativity, passion, and artistic integrity that so many people have put into their photographs.”
“I think Bryce is a great choice to helm this film,” said Ron Howard. “She is artistic, compassionate, curious, and loves to think outside the box. There is nothing formulaic about her approach to filmmaking and I believe that she is the perfect director for Canon's creative experiment, given how original it is and how she is part of this digital generation. Bryce has the experience and wherewithal to create a memorable film.”
Script development will not begin until all eight photos are chosen, fostering a new approach to storytelling and filmmaking for the team. Production will take place during the summer and fall, a busy time for the actress/producer who will star on screen this August as “Hilly” in Tate Taylor’s film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help” and as “Rachael” opposite Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the September release of “50/50.” Also in September of this year, Howard’s producerial debut “Restless,” a film directed by Gus Van Sant will be released. The “Project Imagin8tion” short film will premiere later this year in New York City, with the contest winners in town for a red carpet event where they will have the opportunity to meet the famous father-daughter pair. “Project Imagin8ion” will mark the second time Bryce Dallas Howard has worked with Freestyle, the first being the Reel Moments short film program with Glamour magazine.
Grey New York and Alliance, the entertainment and lifestyle marketing division of Grey, are responsible for the campaign and talent negotiations.
Post Date: 6/9/2011 11:43:43 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
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