Wonder Dynamics raises $2.5 M seed to equip indie filmmakers with AI-powered VFX

Almost every film production nowadays needs some sort of visual impacts work, but independent developers frequently do not have the cash or knowledge to get that top-shelf CG. Wonder Dynamics, established by VFX engineer Nikola Todorovic and actor Tye Sheridan, aims to use AI to make some of these processes more accessible for filmmakers with budget plans […] Director Ang Lee describes why he built a digital Will Smith in ‘‘ Gemini Male’ From this we can take that it’s an improvement to the workflow, reducing the minimizing it takes to achieve some accomplish used effectsPre-owned and therefore the money that cash to requires set aside for them. To be clear this is distinct from another, more specific product being established by Marvel Characteristics to produce virtual interactive characters as part of the movie production process– an early application of the company’s tools, no doubt. “Before we release the tech to the public, we want to be extremely selective with the very first filmmakers who utilize the innovation to make sure the movies are being produced at a high level,” they stated., are revealing how techniques traditionally used for 3D modeling and video game development can be applied securely to film production– in some cases even live on camera. ILM reveals off the new Stagecraft LED wall used for season 2 of ‘‘ The Mandalorian’

No-code publishing platform Shorthand raises $8M

No-code publishing platform Shorthand raises $8M

Shorthand, the Australian startup behind a no-code platform that permits brand names and publishers to create multimedia stories, has actually raised $10 million Australian (simply under $8 million U.S.) from Fortitude Investment Partners. CEO Ricky Robinson informed me by means of email that this is Shorthand’s very first institutional round of funding, which the business has been profitable for […] “We have actually been lucky enough to grow to where we are today through a totally inbound, natural design that leverages the stunning content that our customers produce in Shorthand to generate leads,” Robinson wrote. As you can see in the demo video above, Shorthand offers a relatively straightforward drag-and-drop interface for including various text and media components, as well as results. Robinson said that unlike other tools like Webflow and Ceros, Shorthand was designed to be utilized by editors and authors.

Realworld raises $3.4 M to help Gen Z browse adulthood

Realworld raises $3.4 M to help Gen Z browse adulthood

Realworld has a big vision– creator and CEO Genevieve Ryan Bellaire informed me her objective is “simplifying their adult years.” And the New York startup has actually raised $3.4 million in seed funding to make it occur. Apparently that’s something Ballaire had problem with herself in her early twenties. Regardless of being a legal representative with an MBA, she said […] “There’s lots of material out there out there that can inform you to fill out this type to sign up for a credit card, but you don’t know what you don’t understand,” she said. At the exact same time, there are online services that can make elements of adulthood simpler– whether that’s Lemonade for insurance coverage, Betterment for investing or Zocdoc for physician’s appointments. To do that, the start-up has actually produced more than 90 step-by-step playbooks, covering whatever from budgeting to moving to income settlement. Realworld at first charged for access to its playbooks, however they’re now available for totally free. And the New York start-up has raised $3.4 million in seed financing to make it happen….

Yext co-founder unveils Dynascore, which dynamically synchronizes music and video

Yext co-founder unveils Dynascore, which dynamically synchronizes music and video

Howard Lerman, the co-founder and CEO of Yext, has a brand-new startup called Wonder Inventions, which is officially launching its very first item today– Dynascore. Let’s focus on Dynascore. Lerman stated he and his team developed the item to resolve the problem of the ever-growing need for video content, which frequently relies on stock […] Let’s focus on Dynascore. Dynascore, however, can take an existing piece of music and adapt it to a video of any length. After a totally free trial, rates for Dynascore starts at $19 per month.

Genuine Artists is building virtual, AI-powered musicians

Genuine Artists is building virtual, AI-powered musicians

Chris McGarry, who formerly led music integration at Facebook’s Oculus, is taking a new method to bringing music into the virtual world with his start-up Genuine Artists. McGarry pointed to virtual celebs like Lil Miquela and virtual concerts like Travis Scott’s huge occasion in Fortnite as setting the stage for Genuine Artists. In a sense, […] “Music is the lifeblood of our vision, and appropriately, we have actually invested substantially in the core audio engine,” McGarry stated. Rather, McGarry and his group presented makings of these artists (including a half-human cyborg and a giant iguana) and their virtual places, and they showed the music engine, developing new structures on-the-fly while adjusting different parameters. Authentic Artists is backed by investors including OVO Fund, James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems, Mixi Group and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park.

Clubhouse will produce billions in value and capture none of it

Clubhouse will produce billions in value and capture none of it

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s endeavor capital-focused podcast, where we unload the numbers behind the headlines. Natasha and Danny and Alex and Grace were all here to talk through the week’s greatest tech happenings. It was a hectic week on the IPO front, Danny was buried in getting the Tonal EC-1 out, and Natasha took some time off. The [ …] , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unload the numbers behind the headlines. What is Substack? Does it have a moat? One listener the other day pointed out to us that the pandemic made it more difficult to sculpt out time for podcasts, since listening was often reserved for commutes. It was a hectic week on the IPO front, Danny was buried in getting the Tonal EC-1 out, and Natasha took some time off….

Acast expands its support for paid podcasts with Acast+

Acast expands its support for paid podcasts with Acast+

After partnering with Patreon last year to support patron-only podcasts, Acast has actually established a complete suite of subscription tools called Acast+. The business has actually experimented with paywalled podcasts beyond Patreon in the past, however Acast+ seems its most detailed offering yet. Podcasters who run ads from Acast will have the ability to present a variety of other paid alternatives, […] Beyond Patreon in the past, however Acast+ appears to be its most extensive offering. In exchange, Acast will take a cut of subscription profits– Vice President of Product Matt MacDonald described this as “part of the general package of using Acast,” with podcasters benefiting from having the full money making experience managed within Acast. Acast co-founder Johan Billgren likewise noted that podcasters can personalize the experience down to the names of the subscription tiers and even what customers are called. — TechCrunch” src=”https://techcrunch.com/2020/04/13/will-podcast-ad-revenue-bounce-back-after-covid-19/embed/#?secret=JzEwfG6P6u” data-secret=”JzEwfG6P6u” width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ marginheight=”0″ scrolling=”no” >

Bonus Crunch members get unrestricted access to 12M stock images for $99 per year

Bonus Crunch members get unrestricted access to 12M stock images for $99 per year

We’re delighted to reveal that we’ve partnered with Yay Images for a brand-new Additional Crunch Partner Perk. Beginning today, Extra Crunch members can get unlimited access to Yay Images’ collection of over 12 million stock images, 1.5 million vectors and 250,000 HD/4K Videos at an affordable yearly rate. The Yay Images Solo Strategy (one user) […] With a shared vision from the Founders Fund, Yay Images got an investment in 2014 from leading Norwegian serial entrepreneurs and StartupLab for the world’s very first endless download stock media product.

Kargo unveils its new Fabrik publishing system

Digital advertising company Kargo is launching a new product and new business unit called Fabrik. Founder and CEO Harry Kargman explained that Fabrik is a content management system designed for publishers’ modern needs and integrated with Kargo’s advertising technology. Kargman suggested that he sees this as part of Kargo’s broader mission of “saving publishing.”┬áThat might […] …