Friday, March 30, 2007


[Reposted from]

"Our digital media industry, led by Digital Media Alliance Florida (DMAF) and their members, did a bang-up job of educating our legislators with their multi-booth set-up on the Plaza level of the Capitol building. Exhibits from the DAVE school, Electronic Arts, Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, Engineering & Computer Simulations, Inc., and Web Wise Kids were among those on both sides of the main entrance to the Capitol, capturing the attention of everyone who came through security – or were heading for the Governor’s office. 

"DMAF had legislators, staff, regular folk and kids playing games and getting involved in the latest types of computer games and simulation. Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp even stopped by to take a personalized tour! All the exhibitors said it was well worth the effort to set up for the two-day display, which was arranged by the Governor’s Office of Film and Entertainment. The second day was only one half of the plaza level, but still attracted plenty of interest. 

"The capitol media also stopped by to check out the scene. Here are a couple of articles that are out now: 

Orlando Sentinel - 

Palm Beach Post - 

"Film Florida, Inc. will have the same plaza level space in the Capital to represent the film industry on April 18th. Contact Film Florida at (877) 434-5635 or email if you have interest in participating."

Mobile Media Multitasking Mania

As a gadget-freak with a long history of multitasking (I started playing the drums at age 10, and would be lost with out my Palm Treo's phone/pda/MP3 player/camera/videocam/IM/web/email/reminder capabillities...) Steve Lohr's article in the March 25th NYT, "Slow Down, Brave Multitasker, and Don’t Read This in Traffic", was of particular interest to me personally.
As our industry explores, develops and encourages the many uses of mobile digital media devices (see DMAF's June 2005 DiMeNar, "Digital Media Content on Mobile Devices and Platforms: What does the future hold?" and "Digital Media is..." multimedia segment we must make a concerted effort to remain aware of the latest research that addresses the effects, benefits and risks of their use under a variety of conditions, in a variety of situations. Future research in this area is bound to be controversial and the subject of future legislation, so DMAF will endeavor to identify and hightlight materials that allow our members to make and encourage responsible decisions.
If you run across any articles, blogs or video features on this topic, please send them along and we will post the information.

— Jud French, Executive Director, DMAF

Monday, March 26, 2007

Web Site Downtime Update

We're still planning to move but the move has been delayed a day, so we will be down [March 27, 2007] (after midnight EST) while all the files are uploaded.

Later tonight [March 26, 2007] (after midnight EST), we'll be moving to a new server at Bluehost. During the move, the main site may be unavailable for a brief period of time. After we come back up we invite everyone to register at our all new Forum service.

Thanks in advance for your patience.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Sony Introduces Internet Audio Mastering

Sony Music Studios recently announced a new audio mastering service that is only available online. Any audio track that you upload is quickly mastered by award winning Sony engineers and returned digitally in 2 business days for only $99 a song; physical deliverables are also available for an additional cost.. (According to the website, the service is still in beta...)

It seems to me that they're trying to tap into the exploding social networking market because their FAQ section states, "SIM is designed to be a smooth, efficient, and affordable service for any artist using online services like MySpace or PureVolume" and only allows 4 songs per project...

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Database Upgrade | Link Issues

Pardon our pixels.

Our Database is currently down as it is being both upgraded and moved to a higher performance server in order to better serve our members. During this time all the links in the external Membership Area are available but empty of data. This also affects some Internal links: Events, Showcase Cool Stuff and Login being among those links.

If you're looking to become a first-time member or check out the latest member's only data, please return later this week.

You can also send email to if you'd like a reminder when the Database and Registration system are back online.