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The Toaster and Tim's Vermeer

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 unexpected intersection of art, technology, obsession and the Video Toaster in the wonderfully provocative documentary called Tim's Vermeer.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Adobe Creative Cloud
Take Creativity Wherever You Go:Adobe Creative Cloud Updates

Take Creativity Wherever You Go:Adobe Creative Cloud Updates

Blending desktop apps and mobile devices for a "creativity on the go", Adobe announced the availability of 14 newly updated Creative Cloud desktop apps, four new mobile apps, and new Adobe-branded hardware tools for iPad.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Wall
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
TV & Movie Appreciation
John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

Creative COW had the great pleasure of speaking to visual effects pioneer John Dykstra, whose work first came to prominence on the original Star Wars. Dykstra received his first Academy Award for his work on Star Wars, and, the same year, won an Academy Scientific and Engineering Award for the Dykstraflex motion-control camera that made so many of Star Wars' effects possible. Join us as he shares behind the scenes on Star Wars, speaks about his transition from an artist to a VFX supervisor, and gives us his thoughts on the state of VFX today.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
John Dykstra, ASC
TV & Movie Appreciation
Creating the 3D in Gravity

Creating the 3D in Gravity

Gravity, the highly-acclaimed, intensely emotional space thriller, has been hailed as some of the - if not the VERY - best 3D footage ever seen on the big screen. This has led to some surprise when learning that Gravity was NOT shot in 3D. However, it wasn't entirely converted in post either. It featured an innovative and unique workflow that incorporated 3D conversion during production as well as a complex integration with 3D VFX. In a conversation with Prime Focus World, we find out how they did it.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Ups Creative Cloud and Adobe Anywhere

Adobe Ups Creative Cloud and Adobe Anywhere

Adobe has updated its Creative Cloud with 150 new features, including numerous video tools for Premiere Pro, After Effects, SpeedGrade and other components. In addition, the company has also planned significant updates to Adobe Anywhere Video, the "modern collaborative workflow platform" that allows Adobe pro-video solutions benefit from centralized media and assets across standard networks.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
MAYA
Iron Man 3: The Trixters Behind Tony Stark's Shiny New Armor

Iron Man 3: The Trixters Behind Tony Stark's Shiny New Armor

Seventy artists from Trixter worked an entire year to create a formidable 208 VFX shots for Marvel's Iron Man 3. Each new episode in the Iron Man saga details a slick new technology created by the ingenious Tony Stark, and the new installment does not disappoint! Combining the hard surface geometry of the Iron Man suit auto-assembly with the flexibility of the human body was one of the challenges that Trixter brought from previs to believable screen reality.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Alessandro Cioffi
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: Adobe Introduces Adobe Anywhere

NAB 2013: Adobe Introduces Adobe Anywhere

At NAB 2013, Adobe is introducing Adobe Anywhere, a collaborative workflow platform that centralizes projects and allows users to share and change project files. Also new are some powerful new features for Adobe Premiere Pro, including color grading and the ability to "link & locate" clips. A newly designed SpeedGrade also makes color grading tools more familiar to Adobe toolset users, and After Effects celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Adobe Premiere Pro
IBC 2012: Adobe Provides Broadcast & Media Solutions

IBC 2012: Adobe Provides Broadcast & Media Solutions

Adobe came to IBC 2012 focused on the broadcast industry. The big reveal was its new Adobe Anywhere, a collaborative workflow platform that allows real-time collaboration for remote users of Premiere Pro, After Effects and Prelude. Adobe expanded its partnerships with broadcast solution companies, to over 200. At the show, Adobe also unveiled a new promotional offer for individuals and corporations interested in switching from Apple Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer to Adobe Production Premium or Adobe Creative Cloud.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Adobe Premiere Pro
MEDIA MANAGEMENT

MEDIA MANAGEMENT
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Adobe Prelude CS6 offers a variety of new media management features. Rich Harrington will show you the best ways to import footage, set it to automatically copy to a new dimension, and powerful new transcoding options.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Paul Cameron ASC on Total Recall

Behind the Lens: Paul Cameron ASC on Total Recall

Paul Cameron, ASC, just finished work on the remake of Total Recall, directed by Len Wiseman and starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel with Bill Nighy, Bryan Cranston, and John Cho. Cameron was last featured in Creative COW for his work on Henry's Crime. His previous credits include director Michael Mann's Collateral and Tony Scott's Man on Fire.

Feature
Paul Cameron, ASC
Art of the Edit
NAB 2012: Introducing Our Blue Ribbon Award Winners

NAB 2012: Introducing Our Blue Ribbon Award Winners

The only industry award chosen by hundreds of thousands of working professionals and potential customers from around the world.

Editorial
Tim Wilson
DaVinci Resolve
Company 3's DI artist Stephen Nakamura on Prometheus

Company 3's DI artist Stephen Nakamura on Prometheus

Stephen Nakamura, one of a handful of artists who helped to pioneer DI color grading, shares his experience on creating the look for Prometheus as envisioned by director Ridley Scott.

Feature
Stephen Nakamura
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: Adobe CS6 Release

NAB 2012: Adobe CS6 Release

With the release of Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, Adobe's booth at NAB 2012 was packed every day of NAB 2012. Editors in particular came to check out all the dramatic changes made to Adobe Premiere Pro, including a redesigned interface that makes it friendly to users of other NLEs.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Creative Cloud Offers Applications, Services, Community

Adobe Creative Cloud Offers Applications, Services, Community

With Creative Cloud, Adobe is switching from a model of software as a product to Software as a Service (SaS). By early 2012, Adobe Creative Cloud is expected to include such applications as After Effects, Premiere and Photoshop. Creative Cloud includes a hub for viewing, sharing and syncing of files, and a subscription with 20GB of cloud storage.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
IBC Expo
IBC: Adobe Acquires Iridas, To Be 'The Photoshop of Video'

IBC: Adobe Acquires Iridas, To Be 'The Photoshop of Video'

Adobe's Bill Roberts explains how and why Adobe acquired IRIDAS and what its plans are for IRIDAS' color grading toolset.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Adobe Audition, Soundbooth
Adobe Opens Public Beta for Its Upcoming CS3 Tools

Adobe Opens Public Beta for Its Upcoming CS3 Tools

Adobe has opened a public beta for its upcoming CS3 tools. Kudos, says Boomer. Here's why...

Review, Editorial
Ron Lindeboom
Adobe Audition, Soundbooth
Adobe takes COW members inside Adobe Creative Suite 3

Adobe takes COW members inside Adobe Creative Suite 3

Steve Kilisky, Giles Baker, Hart Shafer and Mark Randall sat down with Tim Wilson and Ron Lindeboom to talk about the launch of CS3. They discuss what it means to them, and what it will mean to you. This is a brief overview of what you'll find in each of the 4 parts.

Review, Editorial, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Adobe Audition, Soundbooth
Adobe talks about the new Adobe Production Studio for Macintosh

Adobe talks about the new Adobe Production Studio for Macintosh

In this article, CreativeCOWs Tim Wilson interviews Adobes Simon Hayhurst, Director of Product Management for Dynamic Media who takes us inside the Production Studios journey across platforms.

Review, Editorial, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Adobe Audition, Soundbooth
Adobe Creative Suite Premium 2.3: CS The Next Generation

Adobe Creative Suite Premium 2.3: CS The Next Generation

Tim Wilson recently spoke with Lonn Lorenz, the Creative Suite's product manager, and gives his thoughts on what the fuss about a point release for the Adobe Creative Suite is and concludes that premium version of Suite, offering more than enough reason to upgrade from the CS Standard, or from earlier versions of CS Premium.

Editorial, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Adobe ULTRA
Serious Magic's Ultra2

Serious Magic's Ultra2

CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Joaquin 'Kino' Gil writes a review on Serious Magic's ULTRA 2 Professional Keying Software with Vector Keying Technology and tells readers, ''[Before ULTRA2] each matte had to be calibrated separately and the values adjusted almost on a frame by frame basis in order to get details like loose strands of hair, bluish shadows and reflections, grains of sand and other minutiae. Yes, it took forever [and] no motion tracking software, either. All of that effort, [and hours of work] very seriously done, is made moot today with this software tool from Serious Magic. ... The key is perfect to the extreme of perfectly keyed fine strands of hair, transparency and translucency.''

Review
Joaquin Gil
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Ron Lindeboom (1)
Stephen Nakamura (1)
Kylee Wall (2)
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