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TV & Movie Appreciation
Building The World of Hercules

Building The World of Hercules

Hercules achieved an epic look on a relatively modest budget through careful and clever CG environments. Together, Method Studios and Milk VFX are two of the companies that helped create a full, realistic world for Hercules, from the sky, to the Acropolis, to the sea.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
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
Art of the Edit
Post Production: What Is A Raid?

Post Production: What Is A Raid?
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In this Post Production Quick Tip: Walter Biscardi, Jr. gives a very simple introduction to the media arrays which are often used in Post Production for high performance media storage and playback.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Archiving and Back-Up
Bob Zelin's NAB: Storage, Broadcast, Thunderbolt & 4K

Bob Zelin's NAB: Storage, Broadcast, Thunderbolt & 4K

The clients Bob Zelin's clients facility systems design business don't care about hype. They only want to hear the same thing you do: "Does this thing really work, and is it cheap?" The two aren't always compatible. Sometimes cheaper tech makes business harder, and hype is always in the way -- but you can count on Bob to call 'em as he sees 'em. At NAB 2014, Bob saw plenty, from plummeting prices for 4K to vastly expanding options for storage.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Bob Zelin
NAB Expo
The Social Media at NAB

The Social Media at NAB

Finding the latest gadgetry and innovative technological advances at NAB Show is a great reason to converge with 98,000 or so of your closest friends and colleagues. Tech aside (and there was some COOL tech), social media has made a tremendous impact on the way we visit NAB - a subject that Walter Biscardi Jr. found intriguing.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Walter Biscardi
Art of the Edit
The Production Process EXTRA: Archiving Data

The Production Process EXTRA: Archiving Data

In this digital media world, it's imperative to not only have enough media array space to do your work, but also to store and protect that media for the long term. Biscardi Creative Media have been using a very simple method going on four years now with great success, and discuss the details in this article.

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
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
Archiving and Back-Up
Sony Media Cloud Services Debuts New & Enhanced Services

Sony Media Cloud Services Debuts New & Enhanced Services

Sony Media Cloud Services just debuted three new production applications (RoughCut, AudioReview and VideoReview) as well as integration of Sony’s wireless camera adapter. The cloud service has already been in heavy use at Sony Pictures, and is newly adapated by broadcasters and other media and entertainment organizations.

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: JB&A, SNS, Square Box, Telestream

NAB 2013: JB&A, SNS, Square Box, Telestream

At JB&A's annual Pre-NAB Special Event, the media management company brought together a range of companies representing the entire production/post pipeline, to show off a range of workflow solutions. Some of those companies included Christie, which showcased its new Phoenix content management system; Square Box, which unveiled Version 10.0 of its CatDV Digital Asset Management software; Studio Network Solutions (SNS), which debuted EVO v5, major hardware and OS upgrade to its EVO shared storage server; and Telestream, which introduced new products and capabilities for its Vantge video transcoding and workflow orchestration products.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Archiving and Back-Up
NAB 2013: Bob Zelin: The Evolution & Revolution

NAB 2013: Bob Zelin: The Evolution & Revolution

Calling Bob Zelin one of the industry's most respected voices of engineering and systems experience is an understatement. (We might also have to add "most feared.") For over 20 years, he has been at the leading edge of building next-generation post houses and broadcast facilities using the latest, greatest, and most affordable new technology. He's also been around long enough to have seen through an awful lot of hype, so when Bob drops the "R" word, it's because he really believes it's revolutionary himself. His coverage of the 2013 NAB Show is once again don't-miss reading.

Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
Broadcasting
The New 2013 NAB Show - From A to Z

The New 2013 NAB Show - From A to Z

Ryan Salazar takes on a hefty list of new exhibitors to NAB Show 2013. You'll read about new technology, innovative ideas, and rising star companies. Take a look...

Editorial, Feature
Ryan Salazar
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
Broadcasting
Ryan Salazar & Pixar Discuss Render Farms

Ryan Salazar & Pixar Discuss Render Farms

Teaming clusters of systems together to generate frames of videos is an amazing time-saver, especially when there are heavy scenes that need lots of processing power. Imagine now an animation that could take millions of hours to render, and one computer is no longer an option. With an in-house system, or a render farm using the latest Cloud Technology, speed and optimum results are what it's all about.

Feature, People / Interview
Ryan Salazar
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
Indie Film & Documentary
StorageDNA Goes Down Under with DEEPSEA CHALLENGE

StorageDNA Goes Down Under with DEEPSEA CHALLENGE

When director James Cameron took a solo dive to the deepest spot on earth, he turned to Sydney-based Digital Pictures to deliver a range of post production services. In turn, Digital Pictures relied on StorageDNA to help them create a cost-effective LTO-based conform system that handled massive amounts of 4K data.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
Zelinizing NAB 2012! Bob Zelin: The Future is Wide Open

Zelinizing NAB 2012! Bob Zelin: The Future is Wide Open

Industry leader, visionary, and wielder of baseball bats and shotguns Bob Zelin takes a look at the world through NAB-colored glasses and sees that, from now on, anything goes.

Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
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
Archiving and Back-Up
Archiware and Square Box Systems Integrate Products

Archiware and Square Box Systems Integrate Products

Archiware, which manufactures the multi-platform data backup solution PresSTORE 4.0, now offers a way to integrate with Square Box Systems' CatDV asset management system. PresSTORE P4 allows users to synchronize, backup and archive data on Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris operating systems.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Archiving and Back-Up
NAB 2012: Cache-A

NAB 2012: Cache-A

Cache-A Corporation has served NAB-goers with an updated high-performance Power-Cache Archive Server, including the latest version 2.1 software release, which contains a host of powerful features for all the models.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Archiving and Back-Up
Cache-A Ships Power-Cache Archive Server

Cache-A Ships Power-Cache Archive Server

Cache-A is now delivering their Power-Cache, a LTO-5 1500GB Archive Server for Digital Media Professionals.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
SAN - Storage Area Networks
XenData and Harmonic Introduce Integrated Broadcast Archive System

XenData and Harmonic Introduce Integrated Broadcast Archive System

Two companies, XenData and Harmonic, enable LTO-5 robotic archive storage solution with Harmonic Media Application Server. Read on to preview the unveiling of this new interface that integrates XenData's archive server solutions with Harmonic's Media Application Server and ProXplore.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
Introducing Our Blue Ribbon Award Winners for NAB Show 2011

Introducing Our Blue Ribbon Award Winners for NAB Show 2011

NAB 2011 proved to be "the best NAB Show in years." That's what we heard from many Creative COW members as they reported from the show. We carefully reviewed their reports and bring to you your choices, the Blue Ribbon Award winners for Nab Show 2011.

Editorial
Ronald Lindeboom
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