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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 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
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
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 DVD Studio Pro
Mac Subtitling Software Round-up:

Mac Subtitling Software Round-up:

The COW's man in Nepal, Jiggy Gaton, gets asked all the time about subtitling DVDs -- and cringes every time: editing software suites just don't have that much to offer. However, Mac DVD authors have some standalone alternatives worth considering.

Review, Feature
Jiggy Gaton
Apple DVD Studio Pro
Advanced Navigation Authoring with Apple DVDSP: The Chapter Skip ButtonAdvanced Navigation Authoring with Apple DVDSP: The Chapter Skip Button

Creative Cow Contributor Jake Russell takes you deep into the advanced navigation capabilities in Apple DVD Studio Pro to show you how to take complete control over menu navigation. In this case, hell show you how to make the chapter skip button take you to a menu. It might SOUND easy, but if youve tried it, you might actually think its impossible -- but not if you follow Jakes direction.

Tutorial
Jake Russell
Apple DVD Studio Pro
DVD Studio Pro :: Scripting :: Code Lock Example

DVD Studio Pro :: Scripting :: Code Lock Example

As many more users of DVD Studio Pro discover its scripting capabilities we see many more questions for basic examples exploring interactive scripting. In this article, Creative COW leader Alex Alexzander explores the Code Lock script -- one of the scripts most asked about.

Tutorial
Alex Alexzander
Apple DVD Studio Pro
Audio Feedback Menu Selection

Audio Feedback Menu Selection

This article by Alex Alexzander started as a question that came up regarding how to create an audio feedback each time a button is selected. While this can certainly be done, it is somewhat slow. If you need such a function, this is for you, otherwise Alex wouldn't recomend doing this.

Tutorial
Alex Alexzander
Apple DVD Studio Pro
Apple Pro Training Series: DVD Studio Pro 3

Apple Pro Training Series: DVD Studio Pro 3

CreativeCOW leader Alex Alexzander reviews Apple Pro Training Series: DVD Studio Pro 3, written by Adrian Ramseier and Martin Sitter, published by Peachpit Press, 736 pages, August 2004, ISBN: 0321256107, and concludes that "This book is quite possibly the only book you will need to master DVD authoring with DVD Studio Pro." Read on to find out why.....

Review
Alex Alexzander
Apple DVD Studio Pro
Inside DVD Studio Pro 3

Inside DVD Studio Pro 3

Alex Alexzander gives Creativecow members the ultimate DVD Studio Pro 3 review-- even a tip or two.

Review, Tutorial
Alex Alexzander
Apple DVD Studio Pro
BitShifting and BitExtraction: The Playlist DVD

BitShifting and BitExtraction: The Playlist DVD

BitShifting is a simple technique you can use to shift bits from one location to another inside a register. If you have ever wanted access to more GPRM registers than you have available then this is for you. Recently Alex Alexzander had the desire to create a playlist function but quickly realized that he would not have nearly enough GPRMs to keep track of the button selections made for each track, let alone to keep track of which track was selected first, second, third, and so forth.

Tutorial
Alex Alexzander
Apple DVD Studio Pro
DVD Studio Pro 2 - All About Menus

DVD Studio Pro 2 - All About Menus

In this 3 part tutorial, Alex Alexzander discusses everything you need to know about menus in DVD Studio Pro 2. The chapters include Standard Menus vs. Layered Menus; Motion Menus: Compositing / Looping with Highlights; Aspect Ratios between Compositor and Photoshop and Basic Scripting with three project examples.

Tutorial
Alex Alexzander
Apple DVD Studio Pro
Setup and Resume: Authoring a setup menu with conditional resume play in DVD Studio Pro 3

Setup and Resume: Authoring a setup menu with conditional resume play in DVD Studio Pro 3

The purpose of this tutorial by Alex Alexzander is to illustrate how to create a setup menu that allows the user to activate varying audio streams and subtitle streams as well as to turn off subtitles. In addition, our setup menu will feature a special resume function. The special feature here is that our resume play is going to first check to see if a track can be resumed, and if so it will resume play of that track; otherwise, the resume function will simply take the user to the main menu from the setup menu.

Tutorial
Alex Alexzander
Apple DVD Studio Pro
Single video looping without a menu For DVD Studio Pro 2

Single video looping without a menu For DVD Studio Pro 2

This project from Alex Alexander covers a simple sample of DVD@CCESS and DVD-ROM file storage within your DVD project. If you wish to author a DVD and provide a file or files and/or a web links such as web page or email link this tutorial will help clear up the DVD-ROM and DVD@CCESS functions in DVD Studio Pro 2.0

Tutorial
Alex Alexzander
Apple DVD Studio Pro
DVD-ROM and DVD@CCESS functions in DVD Studio Pro 2.0

DVD-ROM and DVD@CCESS functions in DVD Studio Pro 2.0

This project from Alex Alexander covers a simple sample of DVD@CCESS and DVD-ROM file storage within your DVD project. If you wish to author a DVD and provide a file or files and/or a web links such as web page or email link this tutorial will help clear up the DVD-ROM and DVD@CCESS functions in DVD Studio Pro 2.0

Tutorial
Alex Alexzander
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