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The Trouble With Rain: Designing the Sounds of Noah

The Trouble With Rain: Designing the Sounds of Noah

To add new dimensions to the soundscapes of Darren Aronofsky's Noah, Supervising Sound Editor Craig Henighan took advantage of the new Dolby Atmos mixing stage at Deluxe New York to place movie audiences in the middle of the storm.

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
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
NEWS: People in the News
Remembering Ray Dolby: A Life of Invention

Remembering Ray Dolby: A Life of Invention

Ray Dolby gave his talents and his name to the most significant advances in audio recording, for both the professional film/TV/music industries and consumer products. On the occasion of his death, at age 80, Creative COW tells the story of his life, his engineering achievements and the impact he has had on the creative people in our industry.

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
Film History & Appreciation
The Art of Foley: John Roesch Honored by MPSE

The Art of Foley: John Roesch Honored by MPSE

John Roesch is one of the most accomplished Foley artists in the motion picture industry, with contributions to more than 400 films in a three decade-spanning career. He is the recipient of two MPSE Golden Reel Awards (The Dark Knight, The Matrix) alongside more than a dozen nominations. He has worked on 16 films that have won Academy Awards for Best Sound or Best Sound Editing. John Roesch spoke to Creative COW about the art of Foley and his extensive experience in creating sound effects.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
John Roesch
Adobe Audition, Soundbooth
Audio Basics - Understanding Bit Depth

Audio Basics - Understanding Bit Depth
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In this second tutorial in his occasional series on audio basics, Andrew Devis explains what bit depth is and how the right choice of bit depth can effect the accuracy of your recording. Although Andrew uses Adobe Audition CS6 the information given in this tutorial is valid for any digital audio recording software package.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Audio Professionals
Soundelux's Wilhoit Recreates Sonic World for End of Watch

Soundelux's Wilhoit Recreates Sonic World for End of Watch

Michael D. Wilhoit, supervising sound editor at Soundelux, collaborated with director David Ayers on the sound track for End of Watch, a critically acclaimed police thriller that takes viewers into the lives of two policemen who become the targets of a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. The movie is stylistically "found footage," and Wilhoit's challenge was to create a soundtrack that matched the movie's gritty immediacy and realism.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
Broadcast Audio Goes Digital! Are You Ready?

Broadcast Audio Goes Digital! Are You Ready?

Ryan Salazar discusses the design and rebuild of the eight suite audio department at Ft. Lauderdale's studioZ, why it was so time-consuming, and why it was completely worth the effort for them -- and for you too.

Editorial
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
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
Cinematography
Technicolor Opens Sound Facility on Paramount Lot

Technicolor Opens Sound Facility on Paramount Lot

These two companies structure a partnership to benefit clients and their own ecosystems by opening gleaming new mixing stages for Technicolor on the Paramount lot.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Audio Professionals
Drive garners Oscar Nom for Soundelux's Lon Bender and Victor Ennis Garner

Drive garners Oscar Nom for Soundelux's Lon Bender and Victor Ennis Garner

Oscar nominated Soundelux Supervising Sound Editors Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis & team take the audience of "Drive" on an aural trip.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Audio Professionals
A Look at Alan Parsons Art & Science of Sound Recording

A Look at Alan Parsons Art & Science of Sound Recording

If you are one of the many people working in film and broadcast that has been wanting to sharpen your skills in audio production -- or just become more aware of its principles and dynamics -- Creative COW's Ronald Lindeboom points to a series that is near to guaranteed to expand your working knowledge of audio.

Review
Ronald Lindeboom
Audio Professionals
sE Electronics' USB2200a and Reflexion Filter

sE Electronics' USB2200a and Reflexion Filter
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Sam McGuire demonstrates the quality and effectiveness of two sE Electronics' products. The USB2200a is a USB/XLR hybrid microphone which is extremely low noise (I didn't believe it until I heard it.) The "Reflexion Filter" is an acoustics baffle used to create a studio environment in any room. For a combined price of under $600 this is a relatively affordable, portable, and high quality solution for all of your VO needs.

Review, Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Sam McGuire
Business & Marketing
Recalling our First Five Years in Print

Recalling our First Five Years in Print

The Power of Dreaming: Forging Visions that Work. That is the standard that we at Creative COW strive to unite under. In just five years, the COW Magazine has moved from the realms of dreams to a market leader. Read on for founder Ron Lindeboom's personal remembrances and inspiration, and what constantly keeps us at the COW motivated for further achievement -- you, our readers and members.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview, Project
Ron Lindeboom
Apple Soundtrack
Dialogue Replacement using Soundtrack Pro

Dialogue Replacement using Soundtrack Pro
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Even though most people don't associate Soundtrack Pro with ADR, it has a set of powerful tools designed to record and edit looped dialogue. In this Soundtrack Pro video tutorial Sam McGuire explains the process of replacing dialogue using STP's loop recording, multitake editor, and audio stretch tool. Other topical advice is also discussed.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Sam McGuire
Telestream Episode
The ABC Player App for iPad: Start Here

The ABC Player App for iPad: Start Here

ABC has been the first network on virtually every new platform. Here is how their workflow has evolved to reach viewers, wherever and however they’re watching.

Feature, People / Interview
Robert Longwell
Audio Professionals
Sound Design for the Web

Sound Design for the Web

The creative minds behind the web's existential comedy series "Coma, Period." talk about their craft and the challenges of designing the sounds heard inside a character's subconscious.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Rick Castaneda
Demo Reels
A World of Great Music Video Contest Entries

A World of Great Music Video Contest Entries

The results of the First Annual Creative COW International Music Video Competition.

Editorial
Ron Lindeboom
Audio Professionals
The Journey To A Nepali Recording Studio

The Journey To A Nepali Recording Studio

There aren't many straight lines leading to Nepal, and not many once you arrive, either. Here is an inside look at the challenges and triumphs of running an A/V studio in the Himalayas.

Feature, People / Interview
Jiggy Gaton
Windows Hardware & Software
HP Skyroom: Power & Simplicity for Remote Workgroup Tasks

HP Skyroom: Power & Simplicity for Remote Workgroup Tasks

In this article, Ron Lindeboom looks at the powerful HP Skyroom technology, which allows team members to interact in high definition video with one another, as they work on projects and approvals remotely. Highly powerful, yet priced within reach of many small to medium-sized companies -- nevertheless, the system is powerful enough for even major players like Dreamworks Animation, who used the system during the making of the blockbuster 'Monsters vs Aliens.' Powerful, elegant, simple to use.

Review, Feature
Ron Lindeboom
SmartSound - Sonicfire Pro
SmartSound SonicFire Pro 5: Low-cost Scores at The Speed of Sound

SmartSound SonicFire Pro 5: Low-cost Scores at The Speed of Sound

The COW's man in Nepal, Jiggy Gaton, has found a balance between easy, automated music production, and high-quality results with SmartSound SonicFire Pro 5. He has also been impressed with how easy it is to create variations of his custom scores, and has come up with some unexpected workflow innovations.

Review
Jiggy Gaton
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