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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
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
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
Apple iPad
COACM: The Application is Dead. Long Live the App!

COACM: The Application is Dead. Long Live the App!

While tablets might seem like a bit of a gratuitous topic for media producers, the fact is that the smartphone and tablet markets have created an entirely new reality for software publishers and users, and it seems like the value proposition for application software is forever changed. What does this spell for the future of software development?

Editorial
David Biedny
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 OS X
OS X Lion Quick Tip - Locating Recently Used Files

OS X Lion Quick Tip - Locating Recently Used Files
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In this quick tip, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you a great quick tip to locate recently used files on your hard drive. This quick tip also works for all you Snow Leopard users out there as well.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Apple OS X
OS X Lion Quick Tip - Creating a Lion Boot Disc

OS X Lion Quick Tip - Creating a Lion Boot Disc
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With digital download becoming the norm for getting applications from Apple, downloading OS X Lion onto three machines that you own, and want to install it on, doesn't make sense, especially at 3.5 GB per download. With this quick tip, see how easy it is to create your own boot disc in about two minutes.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Apple OS X
Quick Tip - Encoding Clips in OSX Lion

Quick Tip - Encoding Clips in OSX Lion
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With Apple's new OS, there are many "hidden" features that aren't apparent at first glance. This first Lion quick tip is perfect anyone looking to take video file, and quickly stream it for an iPod, iPhone, iPad, or even for FCPX.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Apple Final Cut Pro
Using Automator for repetitive tasks in Final Cut ProUsing Automator for repetitive tasks in Final Cut Pro

Apple Automator is a tiny application included with Mac OS X with big power, quickly and easily creating custom workflows based on the work you actually do - no programming required. Its the perfect way to handle those pesky repetitive tasks in FCP. Do something once, then let Automator take it from there. This handy little tool can make the difference between keeping and losing your sanity -- and making or missing your deadline.

Tutorial, Feature
Dustin Lau
Adobe After Effects
Using After Effects 7 on Intel MacPro Computers

Using After Effects 7 on Intel MacPro Computers

Creative Cow member Graham Jones was the very first guy we have found who came up with a successful way that works for most users who want to use After Effects 7 on the new Intel-based MacPro computers. While it is not guaranteed to work for everyone, if you have been wanting to use AE7 on a MacPro, Graham gives you his recipe.

Tutorial
Graham Jones
Apple OS X
Apple BootCamp: Windows On the Mac

Apple BootCamp: Windows On the Mac

In this OS X review from The Creative COW Magazine, Ron Lindeboom discusses Apple BootCamp and what it brings that older versions did not. While Rosetta wasn't enough to make us jump to an Intel Mac, here's a few reasons why Boot Camp looks a lot more promising...

Review
Ron Lindeboom
Windows Hardware & Software
Navigating networked folders with Logitech

Navigating networked folders with Logitech

Logitech's ''elite'' keyboard has some very cool features that are handy, especially for those users who have to navigate often through their Intranet and Internet, and it works for both the PC and the Mac! In this article, John David Hutton briefly runs through his favorite features.

Review
John David Hutton
Apple OS X
Migrating to the PowerMac G5 and OSX Panther

Migrating to the PowerMac G5 and OSX Panther

In this article, Ned Soltz walks us through the steps needed to migrate to the PowerMac G5 and OSX Panther. This is one man's "how to" on configuring your G5, plus how to get everything off your G4 and move it safely onto your G5 with out accelerating your heart rate. This is part 1 in Ned Soltz's series of installing new hardware and software.

Tutorial
Ned Soltz
Windows Hardware & Software
Arrays, RAID Drives & Striping: How They Work

Arrays, RAID Drives & Striping: How They Work

In a very basic look at issues like ''What Is an Array'', ''What is RAID'', and ''What Is Striping'' -- Creative Cow's Ron Lindeboom explores the issues that make digital video possible on personal computers. He examines the fundamentals and gives newer users the kinds of basics that they need to know to successfully configure their video drive solution.

Tutorial
Ron Lindeboom
Apple OS X
David Chandler-Gick reviews 'Macintosh... The Naked Truth'  by Scott Kelby

David Chandler-Gick reviews 'Macintosh... The Naked Truth' by Scott Kelby

David Chandler-Gick takes a look at Scott Kelby's title: 'Macintosh... The Naked Truth' published by New Riders.

Review
David Chandler-Gick
Apple OS X
James Diefenderfer reviews: Learning Mac OS X from lynda.com

James Diefenderfer reviews: Learning Mac OS X from lynda.com

James Diefenderfer takes a look at ''Learning Mac OS X'' -- a CD-ROM presented by Joel Berkovitz and published by lynda.com.

Review
James Diefenderfer
Apple OS X
Life with Portables: Is It IN or Zen

Life with Portables: Is It IN or Zen

Reg Harris, longtime contributor and co-founder of the WWUG, looks at the Get them a reason to buy two strategy by Apple when it comes to their new Titanium G4 PowerBook and G3/500 iBook portables. In addition, Reg explores some of his own ups and downs in the world of multi-systems use in managing his own video production and media business, his career as a surgeon and his home life as a husband and father who has learned that some: ...very scary stuff lurks in Sprite -- proven when his son decided to give his PowerBook 3200 a drink...

Editorial
Reg Harris
Apple OS X
Apple Opens Mall Of America Store

Apple Opens Mall Of America Store

As I left work late Friday night, a co-worker said I was crazy for driving 250 miles to Minneapolis overnight. Yup. Crazy about Macs.

Feature
Jon Okerstrom
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