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Cinematography
The State of Cinematography: Insights From The Rental Houses

The State of Cinematography: Insights From The Rental Houses

Rental houses, which have existed since the 1920s, have all experienced the evolution from film to video to data. Today, the trends that rental houses experience -- from technology to business practices -- are a lens for understanding what's going on in the bigger ecosystem of the film/TV industry. In Part 1, we look at the challenges facing rental houses in today's production environment.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
Workflow: Industry Pros Face the Challenges

Workflow: Industry Pros Face the Challenges

With the rise of 4K, the film/TV industry faces a new set of challenges in acquisition, post production, distribution, media management and storage. Many executives remember all too well how the often-painful adoption of HD created upheavals in the production and post chain, and now, only a few years later, the ante is being upped to 4K.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Stereoscopic 3D
NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference M & E Roundup

NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference M & E Roundup

There was truly something for everyone at NVIDIA GTC, and a surprisingly rich amount of thoughtful presentations for the Media & Entertainment crowd. GTC provided many opportunities to learn the basics and, for the truly nerdy, many opportunities to dig deep. As a mere semi-geek, Debra Kaufman learned a lot and met a lot of interesting people. Read her roundup of new M&E technology thanks to super-fast GPU computing.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
Tips for Attending NAB From A Convention Veteran

Tips for Attending NAB From A Convention Veteran

Walter Biscardi tells us, "Once again, springtime is upon us, so of course, it's time for the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention. Last year y'all seemed to like the before you go tips, so may I present the 2013 edition of 'Tips from an NAB Veteran to make the best use of your time'."

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
Business & Marketing
Suck It Up, Buttercup

Suck It Up, Buttercup

The Best Excuses from New or Underemployed Filmmakers and Freelancers: "You've really really got to stop being lazy and making excuses for not getting what you want," says Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall. "Seriously. It's sad and it makes me sad for you. So sad in fact, that I've created this BEST OF compilation of stupid excuses. It's perhaps a little more brash than my usual fare. Don't mistake this for arrogance. I'm young and stupid too, but I'm still allowed to almost rant. Pseudo-rant. Pretend I made you cookies and you're eating them as you read this."

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Wall
Cinematography
The Aesthetics of High Frame Rate Cinema

The Aesthetics of High Frame Rate Cinema

Any change in the way we watch movies creates a heated debate, from the introduction of sound and color to digital acquisition and stereoscopic 3D. Now, the subject of debate is High Frame Rate cinema and, naturally, the debate is emotional. From watching hundreds, maybe thousands, of movies, we all have an idea of what a movie ought to look like, and for some people, HFR doesn't fit into the picture. Other moviegoers are excited about HFR's potential -- but to fulfill it, filmmakers and technologists have a lot of work ahead of them.

Editorial
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
Live on the Net Without a Net: Cutting Live

Live on the Net Without a Net: Cutting Live

Mr./Ms. Editor, meet Mr. Pressure! Multicam guru Mitch Jacobson shows how the technical and creative skills that you've developed in the edit suite translate to live production even better than you think -- if your heart can handle the strain.

Editorial, Feature
Mitch Jacobson
Cinematography
Setting Standards for High Frame Rate Digital Cinema

Setting Standards for High Frame Rate Digital Cinema

Dave Stump, ASC, is a co-chair of the SMPTE Working Group on High Frame Rate Cinema. The upcoming releases of The Hobbit and Avatar 2 have highlighted a number of issues that the entire filmmaking community is going to have deal with, including exhibitors. A winner of an Academy Award for Technical Achievement as well as a cinematographer, Dave speaks from a variety of perspectives as he describes the early days of progress towards standards for High Frame Rate cinema.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Dave Stump, ASC
Broadcasting
Live TV: On a Budget

Live TV: On a Budget

Dylan Reeve and a small group of no-budget podcaster friends decided to embark upon the challenge of broadcasting live election coverage of the New Zealand General Election online in HD. Live trainwreck or success?

Feature
Dylan Reeve
Live & Stage Events
NAB 2012: Snell

NAB 2012: Snell

At NAB 2012, Snell unveiled several new products: Kahuna 360 Compact, a smaller-frame version of the company's Kahuna 360 video switcher that is targeted at the live production market; KudosPro, a format-flexible and cost-effective next-generation image-processing platform; Momentum, an asset management (MAM), workflow automation, and resource planning solution; and a 4-RU version of its Vega routing platform. The company also showcased enhancements to its ICE channel-in-a-box and Morpheus automation systems.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
DSLR Video
Is the New Blackmagic Cinema Camera the HDSLR Killer?

Is the New Blackmagic Cinema Camera the HDSLR Killer?

Marco Solorio of OneRiver Media dissects Blackmagic Design's new Cinema Camera to see if it is in fact, the much-anticipated HDSLR-killer everyone's been waiting for over the years. But with a comparatively smaller sensor size and radical body design, does it fit the bill as the killer we all want?

Review, Feature
Marco Solorio
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: Hitachi Highlights New Slow-Mo Camera

NAB 2012: Hitachi Highlights New Slow-Mo Camera

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America is showing three new cameras at NAB 2012. Of great interest to sports and mobile truck companies is the SK-HD1500, a new slow-motion HD camera.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Live & Stage Events
Orchestrating a Simple Wipe

Orchestrating a Simple Wipe

A simple project became many complicated ones for a client with no idea what to even ask for. Managing projects and clients quickly merged.

Feature
Mark Grossardt
Art of the Edit
Marquise Technologies unveils real-time image restoration

Marquise Technologies unveils real-time image restoration

Marquise Technologies is introducing what they say is the world's first fully featured color grading solution with real-time image degrain/denoise, stabilization and dust/scratch concealment features. RAIN version 2.5 provides real-time color grading and image restoration of 2D and Stereo 3D material from RED One, RED Epic, ARRI Alexa and DPX.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Stereoscopic 3D
3ality Technica: CEO Steve Schklair on Changing the S3D Game

3ality Technica: CEO Steve Schklair on Changing the S3D Game

Combining forces to drive innovation in 3D production, 3ality Digital has acquired Element Technica, and has changed their name to 3ality Technica. The newly merged company will dominate stereoscopic 3D production, with an estimated 80% market share. Creative COW caught up with fast-moving Steve Schklair in Brazil and later, Los Angeles to get the inside information.

People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
The State of the Art for 3D Cameras at NAB 2011

The State of the Art for 3D Cameras at NAB 2011

NAB Show 2011's 3D was much more than the "Look, we have 3D!" This year it was also, "Look how much easier, faster and smaller we've made 3D!"

Editorial
Steven Bradford
NAB Expo
NAB 2011 Camera News: Winds of Change

NAB 2011 Camera News: Winds of Change

Gary Adcock picks some of NAB's hottest high-end cameras.

Review, Feature
Gary Adcock
Field Production
Panasonic BT-LH910 9 inch Broadcast Monitor

Panasonic BT-LH910 9 inch Broadcast Monitor

The world is full of broadcast monitors these days, but Panasonic’s new BT-LH910 9" monitor is a standout. It's got a stunning picture, an extreme viewing angle, and a form factor that’s small enough to still work in the field, but big enough to still work in a studio. It’s also got some very unique features that 3D shooters will find helpful.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Cinematography
Film Style Slow Motion in Digital Times

Film Style Slow Motion in Digital Times

In this article, David Battistella, respected filmmaker and Creative COW contributing editor and forum host, inspired by questions frequently asked in the COW forums, offers a guide to understanding and re-creating film style slow motion.

Feature
David Battistella
Live & Stage Events
OK Go: This Too Shall Pass

OK Go: This Too Shall Pass

Capturing an unbroken 4-minute take of a Rube Goldberg machine occupying two floors of a 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse, while dodging flying hazards and hoping that the machine actually runs its course, might sound hard. Here's the story of just how hard it was.

Feature
Mic Waugh
Business & Marketing
The Story of Bessie: Happy 10th Birthday, Creative COW!

The Story of Bessie: Happy 10th Birthday, Creative COW!

We've often been asked to tell the story behind our beginnings. It's Bessie's 10th birthday, and so here it is dear readers, Bessie's very own story.

Feature
Tim Wilson
NAB Expo
Sony Creative Software updates Vegas Pro

Sony Creative Software updates Vegas Pro

Thousands of members of Creative COW were at the 2011 NAB Show, and we are pleased to bring you some of their reports. In this entry, Debra Kaufman looks to Sony Creative Software for new updates to Vegas Pro (10.0d) and Z Depth. NLE is now a complete 3D solution.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
Codex Digital debuts on-set lab for RED, ARRI and Sony

Codex Digital debuts on-set lab for RED, ARRI and Sony

Thousands of members of Creative COW were at the 2011 NAB Show, and we are pleased to bring you some of their reports. In this entry, Debra Kaufman found at NAB 2011, Codex Digital unveiled The Vault, a standalone solution with its own internal drives, providing a single, standardized workflow for productions employing multiple camera systems. IIF/ACES dailies workflow also demonstrated.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
Inexpensive archiving for tapeless media

Inexpensive archiving for tapeless media

Thousands of members of Creative COW were at the 2011 NAB Show, and we are pleased to bring you some of their reports. In this entry, blogged from NAB 2011, Shane Ross had a mission, which was to search for a reasonably priced archiving solution of tapeless media that all of us not-so-big production and post production people could afford. Look now at Prime CACHE-A and Pro CACHE-A, BRU by the Tolis Group, and Edit Bay Production Desktop with this talented editor.

Feature
Shane Ross
NAB Expo
FilmLight Baselight for FCP. It's a serious color tool.

FilmLight Baselight for FCP. It's a serious color tool.

Thousands of members of Creative COW were at the 2011 NAB Show, and we are pleased to bring you some of their reports. In this entry, Walter Biscardi at NAB 2011, had the opportunity for a 1 on 1 demo of the full Baselight color correction system and it's "little cousin", the plug-in that "allows you to bring a ridiculously powerful color correction system directly inside of Final Cut Pro" (and other hosts).

Feature
Walter Biscardi
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