Creative COW Library Creative COW Library of tutorials, articles, reviews and more for media professionals world wide. en-us Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:00:00 GMT PHP Script We'd Like to Introduce You to Training Welcome to and the home of the craft and business of media production brought to you not by professional trainers, but by working Creative Professionals. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:00:00 GMT Post Production: Renaming Audio and Video Tracks In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter shows how taking just a few moments to rename your editing audio and video tracks in your NLE can pay big dividends for organization, collaboration, finish and revisions later in your production cycle. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bob Zelin's NAB: Storage, Broadcast, Thunderbolt & 4K The clients Bob Zelin's clients facility systems design business don't care about hype. They only want to hear the same thing you do: "Does this thing really work, and is it cheap?" The two aren't always compatible. Sometimes cheaper tech makes business harder, and hype is always in the wa Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:00:00 GMT After Effects: Animated Guitar Strings with Plexus Using Rowbyte Plexus (the 3D particle system plugin for Adobe After Effects) and Trapcode SoundKeys in After Effects, Gardy Raymond demonstrates how to create animated guitar strings that distort in time with the music. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:00:00 GMT The Social Media at NAB Finding the latest gadgetry and innovative technological advances at NAB Show is a great reason to converge with 98,000 or so of your closest friends and colleagues. Tech aside (and there was some COOL tech), social media has made a tremendous impact on the way we visit NAB - a subject that Walter B Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:00:00 GMT Method Studios Creates Dramatic Effects for Divergent Method Studios was selected as the lead VFX vendor, who ultimately proved to provide 381 shots for Summit Entertainment's Divergent. Set in a dystopian Chicago, one hundred years in the future, the film demanded seamless and invisible VFX to create a believable world of complex environments using se Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT mocha Tracks The Wolf of Wall Street Oscar-winning VFX Supervisor Rob Legato and Brainstorm Digital use mocha visual effects tools on Martin Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT The Trouble With Rain: Designing the Sounds of Noah To add new dimensions to the soundscapes of Darren Aronofsky's Noah, Supervising Sound Editor Craig Henighan took advantage of the new Dolby Atmos mixing stage at Deluxe New York to place movie audiences in the middle of the storm. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT Cool Workflow Tools for the Post Production Pipeline Lots of neat stuff was introduced to the video production world this month, so I decided to put together a few bits of the coolest of the stuff. You may or may not have a use for all of these things now, but what they represent for workflow efficiencies for the future -- in prepping dailies, live pr Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT ARRI AMIRA Puts 35mm Sensor in Documentary-Style Package Shooters with a need for efficiency and hardiness and a desire for great image quality will want to check out ARRI AMIRA, a new documentary-style camera available in April. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:30:00 GMT Canon Gets Compact and Versatile with XF205/200 & CINE-SERVO Versatile optics and compact cameras are among Canon's spring updates for shooters. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:00:00 GMT LOOK Effects Takes Wing in Noah LOOK Effects is proud to announce their visual effects contribution to Darren Aronofsky's latest film, "Noah," from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises, which opened in theaters March 28. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 04:04:56 GMT Blackmagic Introduces New Ultra HD Film and Studio Cameras Continuing what has become true Blackmagic Style, the company introduced a variety of products to cover the full range of content creation -- including film and studio cameras and a film scanner. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:30:00 GMT Quantel and Snell Enhance Broadcaster Tools Fresh off the recent acquisition of Snell by Quantel, both companies are working together - and apart - to introduce and refine a broad range of cost-effective and simplified solutions for broadcasters - from IP-based broadcast production with a Cisco partnership to high quality video finishing. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:00:00 GMT AJA Enters the 4K/UHD Production Camera World with CION AJA Video Systems has revealed they've been working on their own 4K camera called CION. This ergonomic true 4K professional camera is designed with the shooter in mind and features a ProRes workflow. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT Avid Goes Everywhere with Collaborative Workflow Tools Flexible workflows put sharing and collaboration at the forefront of Avid's redefined toolset, and a subscription-based Media Composer options put the software within reach for many content creators. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 01:00:00 GMT Avid Dips Their Toes into the Subscription Waters Now Avid is dipping their toes into the subscription model and for editors everywhere, this is a GREAT development. Avid offering the subscription model plays well into the small shop / independent editor / independent post house extremely well Sun, 06 Apr 2014 23:00:00 GMT The Hitchiker's Guide to Monuments Men and a Career in VFX Jon Neill is one of the VFX Supervisors at Cinesite, and Creative COW's Tim Wilson spoke with him from the company's London office. A conversation that began with Jon's recent work on Monuments Men wound up taking in James Bond, John Carter, and some very practical advice for VFX artists who want to Sun, 06 Apr 2014 22:35:00 GMT Post Etiquette 4: Keep Calm and Carry On Working under pressure is sometimes unavoidable in video production. Don't lose your cool! Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:04:29 GMT Post Etiquette 3: Attitude? Yep I Have One The way you interact with your client can help create a better environment for collaboration. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 05:00:00 GMT Post Etiquette 2: Engage Your Client Don't turn your back on your client! Instead, create an ideal environment for collaboration. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:19:48 GMT Adobe Creative Cloud Adds Speed and Ease for Video Producers Adobe Creative Cloud's video applications create a post-production pipeline for all types of video content creators, and major updates to that toolkit aim to make content creation faster, easier, and more exciting. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 04:01:00 GMT Thunderbolt 2 Arrays From Nestor: The Biggest Game in Town If you've needed a Thunderbolt 2 RAID bigger than 8 bays, you've been out of luck -- until now. Bob Zelin has taken the new Nestor NA333TB 16-bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID for a spin, and likes what he sees. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:48:15 GMT Post Etiquette 1: Clean Your Room! Mom always said clean your room! Walter Biscardi, Jr explains why a clean edit suite still matters - especially when clients pay a visit. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:16:40 GMT Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC Brings Blackmagic to Dallas Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC is probably best known for his work as cinematographer on the groundbreaking international hit 24. The most recent of his many jobs since then is TNT's Dallas, where he has shot 36 episodes so far, and directed three. Creative COW Contributing Editor Debra Kaufman spoke to Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:00:00 GMT NAB Show Guide to Thriving (instead of just surviving) The NAB Show again approaches and Kylee Wall has something more to add to the conversation beyond just comfortable shoes and protein bars. Here is some great advice for doing more than just survive a busy convention. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:00:00 GMT Autodesk 2015 Product Updates Empower 3D Artists Autodesk's new software empowers 3D artists' creativity by simplifying complex tasks and extending workflow capabilities. Enhancements to the 2015 software include new tools such as Bifrost and ShaderFX, and an updated Maya LT for indie game makers. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:30:00 GMT A Distinctive LOOK For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' In his third time working with Wes Anderson, LOOK Effects VFX Supervisor Gabriel Sanchez helped implement the director's singular vision on The Grand Budapest Hotel. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:00:00 GMT 360 Degrees of Historical Immersion How do you tell a story visually without a frame? Mike Sullivan had to build a 360° museum film from 4K footage from the Sony F-55, 9 2K cameras in a dedicated rig, 100 actors, and horses, explosives and a crew of 45 -- and it turns out that figuring out how to tell a story in 360° was only the fi Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:00:00 GMT Project DAVID Creates Digital Content Preservation Tech While there is a strong movement to preserve and restore old film, preservation of audiovisual digital content has been less of a priority. Project DAVID seeks to change that, by developing technology for prevention of damage, preservation and restoration for the vast libraries of digital content. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:00:00 GMT The Toaster and Tim's Vermeer The inventor of the NewTek Video Toaster was certain that he figured out the secret behind the uncanny realism of one of the world's greatest painters, and certain he could use the same methods to duplicate it. Really? Yes, really. Join us for a conversation with NewTek founder Tim Jenison on the un Sat, 08 Mar 2014 21:00:00 GMT NAB 2014: Panasonic's Sonic Blast: Cameras, Switchers & Tech Panasonic unveils their new NAB line-up for us, including new VariCam cameras with 35mm sensors, high-speed and 4K recording, and multiple new form factors, along with new P2 media and broadcast switchers. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 03:25:00 GMT Stereo 3D Post Perfection for Russian War Epic Stalingrad The film Stalingrad is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II, and already the highest-grossing film in Russian history. It is also the first Russian film to be shot and produced for IMAX 3D, which posed some new challenges for the filmmakers, specially in post. Stalingrad o Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Stalingrad: An Intimate Epic Set in one of the bloodiest battles in human history, the film Stalingrad also offers an intimate look at five Russian soldiers in World War II, trying to preserve their own humanity while protecting the life an 18-year old girl - while also trying to hold off a dramatically larger Nazi force. This Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:00:00 GMT Sound Effects in Adobe Edge Animate 3.0 Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz demonstrates using simple jQuery UI code to create sound effects in Adobe Edge Animate 3.0, using the new HTML5 audio capability in Edge Animate. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:04:40 GMT NAB Show Conferences: Can We Talk? NAB Show is billed as "the largest and most relevant educational program for media and entertainment professionals anywhere." With so much information, you'll want to do your research and find what's the best conference for you. In this condensed guide, Ryan Salazar names a few of the conf Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:34:00 GMT Ten Tips to Indie Filmmaking We love talking about tools and technologies, but there's a lot more to filmmaking than cameras and computers. Writer/director/producer Rick Castañeda has made over 30 short films, and just wrapped his first feature. Here, he offers hard-won insights into the practical details of making an independ Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:00:00 GMT The Great Migration: From Mac Pro Tower to Mac Pro Tube Helmut Kobler loved all the card slots and drive bays in his old-school 2009 Mac Pro. But after ordering a new Mac Pro, he had to rebuild his old tower's functionality - RAID and LTO support, broadcast monitoring, and plenty of spare drive space - with new Thunderbolt peripherals. Here's how he did Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:00:00 GMT NOT Your Father's AM At this time, over 2,200 radio stations are broadcasting a hybrid HD Radio signal, with more on the way, and with NAB approaching, Ryan Salazar is considering the future and applications of digital radio. Radio is going to become sexy again, and this is NOT your father's AM broadcast... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 06:00:00 GMT BlackVue SC500 from Pittasoft Filmmaker Douglas Spotted Eagle takes a look at the new BlackVue Sport SC500 HD action POV camera. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 02:00:00 GMT How Are You Doing? Really... In an industry where mental health is hard to come by, Kylee Wall reminds us how important it is to ask ourselves, and our peers, "How are you doing?". When's the last time you answered truthfully? Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:45:00 GMT Skywalker Sound's Randy Thom Awarded for Career Achievement Randy Thom, Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound, received the Motion Picture Sound Editors Career Achievement Award at the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Award ceremony on February 16th, 2014. Thom, a two-time Academy Award-winner (The Right Stuff, The Incredibles) and a 14-time Oscar nominee, has co Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:00:00 GMT The Invisible Art: Matte Painting/Set Extension Tips Virtual matte painting and set extension doesn't just live in grand shots of big budget movies anymore. "The Invisible Art" is now affordable through software you likely already own -- but still requires careful preparation during live action shooting if it's to be believable. Here are tip Thu, 06 Feb 2014 03:31:50 GMT NAB Labs Futures Park: FM & Smartphones - A Good Idea? NAB Labs Futures Park is a showplace designed to display the newest of advanced projects, demonstrations of high-tech media developments in progress, prototypes, and products not yet available for sale. One of the most exciting features in NAB Labs Futures Park will be the exploration of FM radio si Wed, 05 Feb 2014 03:03:17 GMT DI: I, Frankenstein with Siggy Ferstl Siggy Ferstl's 32-year color grading career includes romantic comedies, kids movies, TV work, dramas both mainstream and independent -- and action. Lots of action, including House of Flying Daggers, entries in the Die Hard and Pirates of the Caribbean series, and three in the Underworld series. For Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:48:33 GMT History of the Film Lab A closer look at the history of film labs shows that business has been getting tougher for quite a while, and offers some insights into the specifics of what's coming soon. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:45:00 GMT The Last Film Lab? Sure, some of the biggest movies are still being shot on film, but in a world where film cameras haven't been in production for years, where only one company still makes motion picture film, and by the end of the year, there may be no more film prints for theatrical distribution, it's no wonder that Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:00:00 GMT Restoring Orson Welles' Classic Lady From Shanghai The Lady From Shanghai may be the most notorious Orson Welles film you've never seen: his deliberately disorienting noir murder mystery from 1947, whose road to restoration may be more complicated than the movie itself. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:00:00 GMT Tribe of The Wild: New Gear in the Real World, In Action After collaborating on the 1985 pilot for the highly successful "Power Rangers" franchise, DP and Digital Cinema Society President/Co-Founder James Mathers recently worked on a new pilot with the same producers. This offered him the perfect opportunity to put several new products through t Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:00:00 GMT Klip Collective Pushes Film Into New Spaces At Sundance Projection mapping installation relies on Adobe Creative Cloud tools to create stunning visuals for the Sundance Film Festival entry, "What's He Building in There." Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:00:00 GMT