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TV & Movie Appreciation
Ender's Game: The Set-to-Screen Color Pipeline

Ender's Game: The Set-to-Screen Color Pipeline

With 1500 VFX plates, 900 final VFX shots and 350,000 R3D source VFX frames spread across more than a year's work and a hundred different people, Light Iron colorist and co-founder Ian Vertovec and CEO Michael Cioni needed to create an efficient data management and color pipeline for Ender's Game. In this case study, Light Iron takes you step by step through the collaboration and innovation that fueled this demanding project.

Feature
Light Iron
Digital Delivery
Zero Dark Thirty’s Pipeline Partners Digilab and Codex

Zero Dark Thirty’s Pipeline Partners Digilab and Codex

London-based workflow provider Digilab and manufacturer Codex teamed up to create a rock-solid pipeline for Zero Dark Thirty, which shot in rugged conditions on location in India and Jordan. Digilab's James Eggleton and Codex's Marc Dando describe how they created a custom pipeline to meet the production's needs.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The Hobbit & The Dawn of High Frame Rate Cinema

The Hobbit & The Dawn of High Frame Rate Cinema

The technology wizards of the film/TV industry have been talking about High Frame Rate cinema for a long time; indeed, Douglas Trumbull's Showscan at 60 fps presaged the current interest over 30 years ago. But it took director Peter Jackson to take the plunge for mainstream cinema, declaring he would shoot The Hobbit in 48 fps to get momentum going. In about a year's time, manufacturers made the gear, theater exhibitors updated their movie theaters, and the studios prepared for one of the most audacious technology debuts that cinema has seen. Creative COW goes behind the scenes to see what it took for you to see The Hobbit in 48 fps.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
Digital Asset Management in Broadcast and Post Production

Digital Asset Management in Broadcast and Post Production

One of the least considered functions at many studios is Digital Asset Management (DAM). More attention needs to be spent on this mostly under-used asset. Many files are created and then unceremoniously dumped into outer space, never to be seen again. However, it doesn't have to be that way; once created, digital assets become a goldmine that just keep giving.

Editorial, Feature
Ryan Salazar
Broadcasting
The RadiantGrid Platform: Performance + Intelligence

The RadiantGrid Platform: Performance + Intelligence

The recent acquisition of RadiantGrid Technologies by Wohler Technologies may soon produce a new powerhouse giant in the file-based media processing and multi-platform delivery industry of broadcasters, cable networks, content owners and distributors.

Review
Ryan Salazar
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
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
Digital Delivery
NAB 2012: JMR Electronics

NAB 2012: JMR Electronics

JMR Electronics introduced a suite of new cloud-ready servers and workstations at NAB 2012. New products include SilverStor Desktop/Rackmount Workstation and Server, SilverStor 3 and 5 Slot PCIe Extenders, BlueStor 1U Cloud Server/Metadata Controller, BlueStor Modular Appliance, BlueStor Rapid, Encode Video Server, and BlueStor 3U Networked Storage Server. The company also its sponsorship of RED Digital Cinema's Camp RED this August in Hollywood.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
SAN - Storage Area Networks
NAB 2012: ATTO Technology

NAB 2012: ATTO Technology

ATTO Technology showcased its entire line of storage and network connectivity products at NAB 2012, including its new Thunderbolt Desklink devices ThunderLink and ThunderStream. Also featured was a technology demonstration of the Celerity 16Gb/s Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs), the FastStream SC SAS/SATA RAID Storage Controller with 8Gb/s Fibre Channel connectivity to SAS/SATA storage, ExpressSAS 6Gb/x SAS/SATA Host Bus and RAID Adapters and FastFrame 10Gb/s Ethernet Network Interface Cards.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
NAB 2012: Render Rocket Launches Free Unlimited Test Renders

NAB 2012: Render Rocket Launches Free Unlimited Test Renders

On the NAB 2012 exhibit floor...Render Rocket, set to be in the CloudMediaHUB Booth #N3222I, offers everything 3d artists need to immediately access massive rendering power for their jobs with up-to-date render software, a web-based render manager and tons of processors. This cloud-based rendering service is launching free, unlimited test renders as we gear up for NAB.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
AFrame Brings Its Cloud-Based Services to North America

AFrame Brings Its Cloud-Based Services to North America

Just in time for NAB 2012, Aframe, a browser-based cloud video production platform, has announced that it's landed on North American shores, with operations in New York and Los Angeles. Aframe will highlight the features of its service - a private cloud infrastructure - in the Cloud Pavilion at NAB.

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
Cinematography
4K DI on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

4K DI on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Re-teaming with director David Fincher after their successful collaboration on The Social Network, Michael Cioni and the team at Light Iron built 5K workflows for real time, full resolution post for Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The running time of the 4K print is 2:38, creating a data size larger than six 2K features combined. Cioni and Light Iron co-founder Ian Vertovec spoke to Creative COW's Debra Kaufman about how working that way in real time is even possible, working with David Fincher, and what frame sizes larger than 4K mean for all of us.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Business & Marketing
Are you sure that this is a good idea?

Are you sure that this is a good idea?

When we started with Creative COW Magazine, we mostly knew what we didn't want to do: the tutorials and reviews that were the hallmark of other magazines. Why bother? We already had literally thousands of them online. Instead, we made the same choice that had made such a difference online: focus on people. In fact, we've asked over 120 of them to tell us their stories since we started. Most have never written anything for public consumption before, but their expertise and their passion spring off the page.

Editorial, People / Interview, Project
Tim Wilson
Digital Delivery - NEW !
Avoiding Digital Delivery Disasters

Avoiding Digital Delivery Disasters

It used to be easy. A tape, an envelope, a finished delivery. Now there are many more ways for things to go wrong! Here are ways to keep your digital deliveries on track.

Editorial, People / Interview
Bob Zelin
Apple Final Cut Server
Managing Assets to Maximize Impact

Managing Assets to Maximize Impact

Automating workflow with Final Cut Server, and creative engineering that utilizes the latest technologies, allows these broadcasters to put their ministry's resources where they matter most.

Feature, People / Interview
John Pipes
Business & Marketing
Good post is good post

Good post is good post

Tim Wilson says, "I'm always going to place my bets on the people trying to get it right, rather than the people who say it shouldn't be done at all." Creative COW Magazine's editor extraordinaire relates his musings on the latest technology and our reasons for always forging ahead into new innovations.

Editorial
Tim Wilson
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Debra Kaufman (10)
John Pipes (1)
Ryan Salazar (2)
Tim Wilson (2)
Bob Zelin (2)


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