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TV & Movie Appreciation
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
TV & Movie Appreciation
John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

Creative COW recently 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
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
Tips for Attending NAB From A Convention Veteran

Tips for Attending NAB From A Convention Veteran

Walter Biscardi tells us, "Once again, springtime is upon us, so of course, it's time for the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention. Last year y'all seemed to like the before you go tips, so may I present the 2013 edition of 'Tips from an NAB Veteran to make the best use of your time'."

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
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
NEWS: People in the News
Steve Jobs - A Personal Calendar Entry

Steve Jobs - A Personal Calendar Entry

Steve Jobs was almost unbelievably young when we met him. We talk about him as a visionary now, but then, they called him a whiz kid, the Boy Wonder: 21 when Apple was founded in 1976, 22 when Apple formally incorporated, 25 for Apple's IPO, and 26 when he first made the cover of Time Magazine. Macintosh shipped when Steve was 28.

Editorial
Tim Wilson
Broadcast Video
Best Nonlinear Editing System Report

Best Nonlinear Editing System Report

As the three companies showing their best wares in the Nonlinear Editing System category vie for attention in the broadcasting and post-production world at NAB 2010, some of the glitter caught Walter Biscardi's eye, but others left him wondering if they can keep up. Read on for more insight on what he saw at NAB...

Review, People / Interview
Walter Biscardi
Adobe After Effects
HP DreamColor Monitor as a CRT Replacement

HP DreamColor Monitor as a CRT Replacement

Thanks to its 10-bit color and advanced calibration toolset, the HP DreamColor display has naturally been seen as a strong choice for color grading, animation, and VFX monitoring. Creative COW Contributing Editor Jeremy Garchow has also found it to be a stellar choice for broadcast HD editing, offering exceptional performance at a breakthrough price. There is a little more to the story than that, including some important tips about working the DreamColor into your facility. Read on for Jeremy's real-world report on why he bought the DreamColor, and how he is using it.

Review
Jeremy Garchow
Apple Color
Euphonix MC Color Control Panel

Euphonix MC Color Control Panel

In this article Walter Biscardi, Jr. tries out the new MC Color controller from Euphonix.

Review
Walter Biscardi
Apple Color
Tangent Wave Control Panel Review

Tangent Wave Control Panel Review

In this article Walter Biscardi, Jr. takes an in depth look at the new Tangent Wave Control Panel.

Review
Walter Biscardi
DaVinci
Cinefilm's Ron Anderson: da Vinci User Since 1986

Cinefilm's Ron Anderson: da Vinci User Since 1986

In this article, Tim Wilson talks with da Vinci user Ron Anderson in his Part Three look at Blackmagic Design's acquisition of da Vinci Systems. Ron Anderson’s relationship with da Vinci has also taken places over several decades, starting as a customer, and evolving into demo artistry even while he continues working with da Vinci systems at Atlanta’s Cinefilm.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
DaVinci
Blackmagic Design Buys the Power of daVinci: Part 2

Blackmagic Design Buys the Power of daVinci: Part 2

In this article, Tim Wilson continues his series with his Part Two look at the big news leaking from IBC 2009. Blackmagic Design has acquired da Vinci Systems and with that acquisition comes what Tim refers to as The Power of da Vinci. And for the many that have used da Vinci over the years, they know full well the power of which Tim writes. And for those who might need an introduction to this power, Tim offers these words...

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
DaVinci
Blackmagic Design Buys DaVinci: Part 1

Blackmagic Design Buys DaVinci: Part 1

In this article, Tim Wilson begins his series on the big news already beginning to leak from IBC 2009. Blackmagic Design has acquired da Vinci Systems and yes, you read that right. BMD owns and will be developing and marketing da Vinci's award-winning colorgrading technology. What's in store? Here's Part One of Tim's look at the fast-breaking news...

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
DaVinci
A Letter From Grant Petty

A Letter From Grant Petty

The fastest breaking news that is sure to rifle through IBC the quickest? Well, for starters, try this announcement from Blackmagic Design, who have acquired DaVinci Systems, the pioneering color system that for many years has been one of the dream systems in the marketplace. In the letter to employees below, Grant Petty discusses the acquisition with his team members.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Ron Lindeboom
Apple Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Studio 3 is here, and all is good!

Final Cut Studio 3 is here, and all is good!

Our man in Nepal, Jiggy Gaton, likes to live for danger. He installed a major software upgrade mid-project, with virtually no preparation, just to see what would break. Lo and behold, it all worked! And the more Jiggy works with it, the better he's liking it. Join him in this Creative COW, Real-world, Real-time Report on Final Cut Studio 3.

Review
Jiggy Gaton
Apple Color
Final Cut Pro: Tracking Vignettes

Final Cut Pro: Tracking Vignettes
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In this Apple Color tutorial, Richard Harrington along with color expert Robbie Carman teaches how to use tracking to have vignettes follow a person around the screen to simulate a spotlight effect.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
Apple Color
Final Cut Pro: Saturation Curves in Color

Final Cut Pro: Saturation Curves in Color
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In this Apple Color tutorial, Richard Harrington along with color expert Robbie Carman create the Pleasantville effect in Apple Color. Using the secondary curves, specifically the saturation curve, to isolate just the yellow in a taxi cab everything else in the video clip can then be desaturated to create this popular effect.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
Apple Color
Custom Shapes in Color - Final Cut HelpCustom Shapes in Color - Final Cut Help
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In this Apple Color tutorial Richard Harrington and guest Robbie Carman will use user defined shapes to form vinettes to perform a secondary color correction. Learn about where primary and secondary color correction really occurs in Apple Color and other tips and tricks.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
Apple Color
One Team. Three Network Shows. Every Week.

One Team. Three Network Shows. Every Week.

Creative Cow Contributing Editor Zed Saeed has helped create pioneering Final Cut Pro workflows for major feature films and episodic TV production. This year, he and the team at DigitalFilm Tree faced their biggest challenge yet: posting 3 major shows, for 3 different networks, every week -- with the same small team that used to do just one. How do they do it? World-class workflow management.

Feature
Zed Saeed
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
P2: The format. The trailer.P2: The format. The trailer.

What do filmmakers do in their free time? They make films. The horror movie P2 has just been released on DVD, but when Doug Spice and team at Psychic Bunny saw the original trailer for the theatrical release, all they could think about was their cuddly little Panasonic HVX200. Heres a playful look at what happened when the two came together, with a few shooting and workflow tips for good measure.

Feature
Doug Spice
Apple Final Cut Pro
The Forbidden Kingdom: Jackie Chan. Jet Li. FCP.The Forbidden Kingdom: Jackie Chan. Jet Li. FCP.

A Creative Cow Exclusive! DigitalFilm Trees Zed Saeed has helped create pioneering digital workflows built around FCP, custom-designed for large-scale productions. Their biggest challenge so far has come on The Forbidden Kingdom, an epic film partnering Jackie Chan and Jet Li for the first time -- with production and post in China, Korea, Australia, and multiple locations in the US. Heres a look at how they put it all together with FCP, Xserve, XML, Color, file-based workflows...and hard, hard work.

Feature
Zed Saeed
Apple Final Cut Pro
Preparing Your Sequences to Go From FCP to ColorPreparing Your Sequences to Go From FCP to Color
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Yes, Apple Color is connected to Final Cut Pro...but not exactly integrated. Creative Cow leader Walter Biscardi, one of the worlds most respected experts on the connection between the two, will help guide your sequences safely from FCP to Color -- and show you why its worth the effort.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
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Richard Harrington (3)
Paul Cameron, ASC (4)
Ron Lindeboom (1)
Stephen Nakamura (1)
Zed Saeed (2)
Doug Spice (1)
Tim Wilson (6)


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