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IATSE on AI: It's a Tool

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In this edition, I’m excited to roll out a new section - The Screening Room.

I always see great BTS clips online, either on LinkedIn or Facebook or TikTok or elsewhere. They’re too quick to post in video village but still super interesting.

So now, every week or so, we’ll share the most interesting ones in a roundup in the new Screening Room section.

Let me know what you think (and send over your own clips if you have any you want to share).

In today’s VP Land:

  • How IATSE is handling AI in their new tentative deal

  • How some companies are pushing back against AI data training

  • The screening room - including the tech behind the TukTuk experience at Cine Gear

  • Canon shares a VR music video

And more - let’s jump into it!

IATSE Deal: AI as a Tool, with Limits

IATSE released a draft of its tentative agreement with the major studios, which includes a whole section on AI.

The gist: AI is a tool and should be treated as such when hiring someone who uses/brings their own AI tools/models/prompts.

The Breakdown

  • Workers can request a "consultation" about AI use and charge a "kit rental fee" for using their own AI systems.

  • AI use cannot be outsourced to non-union labor, and no employee will be forced to input prompts that displace other union workers.

  • Existing contracts provide severance pay and retraining for job losses due to "technological change," which includes AI.

Scanning the Gaffer?

The one that’s a bit head-scratching is about employee scanning. “Any request to scan an employee must be clear and conspicuous through a separately signed statement or writing. Consent to scanning cannot be made a condition of employment.”

What type of role covered by IATSE would potentially need to be scanned? If you have ideas, let me know.

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The Push Against Subscriptions and AI training

Few things popped up on our radar that seem to be trending: people don’t want their data being uses to train AI models and everyone’s getting tired of subscription pricing.

Keeping AI Local

Since Adobe’s disastrous and confusing TOS update, competitors have been highlighting how they’re different.

Blackmagic now has on their sales page that Resolve and Blackmagic Cloud do not use any user data to train their AI models.

iPad editor LumaFusion has also highlighted how their AI features take advantage of Apple’s built-in hardware and don’t require any user data for training (features that will probably expand as Apple continues to build AI features into future devices).

We’re also seeing solutions where human generated data might not even be needed to continue to develop models. There’s synthetic data, which can work just as well.

New Tools Pushing Against Expensive Pricing

Photopea has long existed as a free, web-based alternative to Photoshop.

Now, video is getting some free, open-source tools.

Pikimov is a web-based motion design and video editor that provides media professionals with a free, feature-rich alternative to After Effects without compromising privacy.

LosslessCut aims to be the ultimate cross-platform FFmpeg GUI for extremely fast and lossless operations on video, audio, subtitle, and other related media files

This seems to also be tracking a trend of returning to one time payments for software.

Jason Fried, the creator of 37signals and project management tool Basecamp, launched Once, a platform that builds and sells software for a one-time fee. Their landing page essay is worth the click.

I’m excited to introduce the Screening Room, a new section showcasing all the great BTS clips we see on social media of the great and inspiring work everyone is doing. If you have any clips of your own, you want to share, just email us.

Shawn Herold gives a gear breakdown of the awesome TukTuk setup at SISU’s booth at Cine Gear.

Capturing low light process shots via Brompton and 4wall

Whiskeytree’s demo reel of their VFX work on Masters of the Air

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