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CSNY 74: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's Epic Tour Revisited

CSNY 74: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's Epic Tour Revisited

Meet CSNY 74, wherein Messrs. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young make a definitive 3-hour, 3-set, 40 song, case, supported by 8 video clips and 188 pages of written and photographic evidence, for being one of the world's very biggest and best rock and roll bands, working at the very top of their game. Creative COW's Tim Wilson explores the beautifully rendered, exceptionally satisfying experience of this historically epic tour.

Review, Feature
Tim Wilson
Art of the Edit
Interlude's Treehouse: Interactive Video Authoring

Interlude's Treehouse: Interactive Video Authoring

"Welcome to a new world of storytelling," invites Treehouse's Interlude, an early player in the world of online authoring and delivery of interactive videos. In this review, Jerry Hofmann finds an impressive and easy-to-use service for creating "smart video" for more engaging content.

Review, Editorial, Tutorial, Feature
Jerry Hofmann
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud Adds Speed and Ease for Video Producers

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.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Kylee Wall
Storage
Thunderbolt 2 Arrays From Nestor: The Biggest Game in Town

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.

Review, Feature
Bob Zelin
NAB Expo
NAB 2014: Panasonic's Sonic Blast: Cameras, Switchers & Tech

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.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Ryan Salazar
TV & Movie Appreciation
Stalingrad: An Intimate Epic

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 bold 3D story is already the highest-grossing film in Russian history, and Creative COW's Tim Wilson says you'll be impressed.

Review, Feature
Tim Wilson
What Computer Should I Buy?
The Great Migration: From Mac Pro Tower to Mac Pro Tube

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 it.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Helmut Kobler
Cinematography
BlackVue SC500 from Pittasoft

BlackVue SC500 from Pittasoft

Filmmaker Douglas Spotted Eagle takes a look at the new BlackVue Sport SC500 HD action POV camera.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Sony Vegas
Pixelan DIssolveMaster Review: Organic, Powerful, Affordable

Pixelan DIssolveMaster Review: Organic, Powerful, Affordable

Organic, powerful, affordable, easy to use -- what else are you looking for from a plug-in package? Creative COW's Douglas Spotted Eagle found even more than he expected from Pixelan DissolveMaster, plug-ins for Adobe After Effects and Premiere, and Sony Vegas. Douglas invites you to see just how elegant, organic and flexible such a simple tool can be, even with 4K footage.

Review, Editorial
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Sony NXCAM
The Sony FDR-AX1 & Your 4K Future

The Sony FDR-AX1 & Your 4K Future

Even though it's not yet a broadcast format, 4K production has been happening every day for years -- delivered as HD. It offers the same advantages that early HD production offered for SD delivery, including beautiful downscaling and a measure of future-proofing. Looking for a flexible, affordable way to jumpstart your 4K future? Join longtime Creative COW leader Douglas Spotted Eagle for a look at Sony's FDR-AX1 camcorder.

Review, Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Blackmagic Design
Bob Zelin Looks at the Blackmagic Design Audio Monitor

Bob Zelin Looks at the Blackmagic Design Audio Monitor

The Blackmagic Audio Monitor offers rack mount audio monitoring from an advanced 6G-SDI input, AES/EBU and analog audio sources in a compact and elegant package. Bob Zelin gives the 'eagle eye' look as he zooms in on its real-world application in XOS Digital's extensive broadcast media asset management system.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
Blackmagic Design
Using a Little Blackmagic to Revisit a Documentary

Using a Little Blackmagic to Revisit a Documentary

Pixie Dust flows from Blackmagic Design's Teranex 2D Processor to integrate and upconvert newly discovered vintage SD footage, photographic stills and new interviews into a re-edited and remastered 2001 documentary memorializing the 1963 NCAA "Game of Change" between Mississippi State University and Loyola. Over 60% of the new DVD/Blu-ray includes new footage or pictures, and the challenge was to make the old SD footage look as good as possible in an HD project.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Robbie Coblentz
Jerry Hofmann Looks at Sorenson Media Squeeze 9

Jerry Hofmann Looks at Sorenson Media Squeeze 9

Sorenson Media launches Squeeze 9 with industry-first HTML5 optimization, streamlined user experience, higher quality and faster speeds - and Jerry Hofmann takes a look.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Jerry Hofmann
Blackmagic Design
Bob Zelin Looks at the Blackmagic Design SmartScope Duo

Bob Zelin Looks at the Blackmagic Design SmartScope Duo

Stop using the high price of HD waveform/vectorscopes as an excuse for not checking your video. Join Bob Zelin for a closer look at a real-world installation of Blackmagic's new SmartScope Duo, a practical, flexible, and yes, affordable approach to broadcast-quality monitoring.

Review, Feature
Bob Zelin
Sony Vegas
HitFilm 2 Ultimate - Coming to a MAC Near You

HitFilm 2 Ultimate - Coming to a MAC Near You

HitFilm have just launched a KickStarter to bring their 3D compositing, visual effects and video editing software to Mac. Andrew Devis looks at the software package for Creative COW.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
GenArts Sapphire 7: Must-Have VFX Plug-ins for AE & Avid

GenArts Sapphire 7: Must-Have VFX Plug-ins for AE & Avid

Frequent COW Contributing Editor Kevin P. McAuliffe reviews the latest version of GenArts Sapphire plug-in effects filters for both Adobe After Effects and Avid AVX versions, with ratings for current and new Sapphire users. Kevin also observes Sapphire's ability to plug into other NLEs and finishing systems, and takes a closer look at its licensing options, including purchasing, monthly rental and site licenses. You'll definitely want to see the latest and greatest of what this must-have software package has to offer.

Review, Feature
Kevin P McAuliffe
Cut the Cord with Wireless HD: A Paralinx Review

Cut the Cord with Wireless HD: A Paralinx Review

Recent wireless HD systems have gotten way better and much cheaper. DP/cameraman Helmut Kobler takes a look at two systems from Teradek and Paralinx that show just how impressive these units have become.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Helmut Kobler
Archiving and Back-Up
Archiving Video With HP's New LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 Tape Drive

Archiving Video With HP's New LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 Tape Drive

For years, Helmut Kobler has used LTO tape to archive footage and projects that he couldn't afford to ever lose. When HP recently released the industry's first desktop LTO-6 tape drive, the Ultrium 6250 ($4199 list), Kobler couldn't resist its upgraded tape capacity and speed. Here's his hands-on report of using the 6250 on a Mac.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Tiffen DFX Filters
Tiffen DFX 3.0: Color Grading, Lab Processes, & More

Tiffen DFX 3.0: Color Grading, Lab Processes, & More

Whatever your level of expertise with color grading, you are going to want to try Tiffen DFX after reading this review. In a sentence, it is one of the most useful, if not the most useful plugin you will find to extend the color correction capabilities of your editing software, solve picture problems and add creative looks to your production without a steep learning curve.

Review
Dennis Kutchera
Adobe Flash
Adobe Edge Animate/The Missing Manual Software/Book Review

Adobe Edge Animate/The Missing Manual Software/Book Review

Increasingly, web developers are being asked to create sites that are viewable on tablets and mobile devices, as well as desktops and laptops running Windows, OS X or Linux. One of the challenges in creating a site like that is animation. Flash, for many years the preferred cross-platform animation solution, is no longer supported on many tablets and mobile devices. Michael looks for - and finds - answers within Adobe's Edge Animate.

Review, Editorial
Michael Hurwicz
TV & Movie Appreciation
Review: The Hobbit Without An Unexpected Pun in the Title

Review: The Hobbit Without An Unexpected Pun in the Title

Not being a teenage Tolkien freak anymore, Kylee Wall was reasonably enthusiastic, but not lose-your-mind crazy like she was when she saw The Two Towers back in the day. She wasn't even dressed up in an elven cloak and holding a bow like the girl that sat next to her. But when the film entered Bag End for the first time with Ian Holm narrating - In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit - Yikes, emotions. Read Kylee's reactions to seeing The Hobbit in all its glory - 3D, HFR, and all.

Review
Kylee Wall
Field Production
A Tale of Two Field Monitors:Panasonic & Flanders Scientific

A Tale of Two Field Monitors:Panasonic & Flanders Scientific

The world is full of production monitors these days, but two new models stand out thanks to their big screens that can run for hours on battery power. That alone means cameramen and producers can finally take a big monitor into the field, without giving up much mobility.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Broadcasting
SENCORE: Web-Based Network Monitoring with the VB330

SENCORE: Web-Based Network Monitoring with the VB330

Part of Sencore's VideoBRIDGE product line, the VB330 Probe can be equipped with two 10GB Ethernet inputs in order to monitor and troubleshoot thousands of IP streams in large cable, IPTV and satellite broadcast chains. With the ability to monitor either through a local VideoBRIDGE controller system, TELNET (network protocol) or remotely, using a standard web browser, this guy caught the attention of broadcast guru Ryan Salazar. Let's see what he thinks.

Review
Ryan Salazar
Adobe After Effects
mocha Pro v3 - A Process of Guided Evolution

mocha Pro v3 - A Process of Guided Evolution

In April 2012, Imagineer Systems announced a major point release of their VFX toolbox product mocha Pro v3. In this review, Andrew Devis looks at all the changes and improvements to mocha Pro and how those changes impact the work-flow of VFX artists to save them time and frustration. Andrew gives a brief overview of the mocha product range, explains the processes at the heart of mocha and then gives more detailed analysis of the many changes that have come into mocha for this release and how they enhance the usability and value of the product for any VFX artist or studio.

Review
Andrew Devis
Adobe Premiere Pro
One Week with Premiere Pro

One Week with Premiere Pro

As producers for two TV shows for the Pursuit Network, Robbie Coblentz and team had a comfortable workflow with FCP 7, with just one drawback... it took a ton of time to encode everything to a single format prior to editing. Enter Adobe's new hardware settings for PP CS6 which allow third-party cards like Blackmagic Design and AJA to work much better. Read on for the pros and cons of one week with Adobe Premiere Pro.

Review, Editorial
Robbie Coblentz
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Jerry Hofmann (2)
Michael Hurwicz (1)
Helmut Kobler (4)
Dennis Kutchera (1)
Kevin P McAuliffe (1)
Ryan Salazar (2)
Douglas Spotted Eagle (3)
Kylee Wall (2)
Tim Wilson (2)
Bob Zelin (3)


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