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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary-Milk's VFX for Day of the Doctor

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary-Milk's VFX for Day of the Doctor

When The Mill in London decided to close its TV and Film Department, the staff decided to open up VFX house Milk. They brought with them a first, very challenging job, which was begun at The Mill: creating stereo 3D effects for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. Here's how the newly launched company took charge to create some memorable VFX.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Windows Hardware & Software
Panasonic Debuts ToughPad for U.S. M&E Market

Panasonic Debuts ToughPad for U.S. M&E Market

Panasonic introduced Toughpad 4K, a 20-inch tablet that offers 4K resolution in a thin, lightweight and "business-rugged" package, for just under $6,000. This new tablet adds to Panasonic's UltraHD portfolio, which includes the recently unveiled 4K production monitor.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
IBC 2013 Wrap Up

IBC 2013 Wrap Up

Broadcast Engineer Ryan Salazar wraps up his perspective on IBC 2013, the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Ryan Salazar
What Computer Should I Buy?
HP's New Z: ZBook Mobile Workstation

HP's New Z: ZBook Mobile Workstation

HP is targeting disgruntled Apple Mac Book Pro users with a line-up of three ZBook Mobile Workstations, including the ZBook 14, which the company terms "the first workstation Ultrabook." Also new are enhanced Z Workstations featuring the latest in Intel architecture, the Ivy Bridge Xeon processor and Thunderbolt technology for high-speed data transfer, and two new Z Displays. These machines are far from mere attempts to "catch up," though. Instead, they offer features and power not seen elsewhere, and are turning heads of even hardcore Mac users.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Blackmagic Design
Arrested Development at Shapeshifter

Arrested Development at Shapeshifter

Shapeshifter in Los Angeles most recently color-corrected and added VFX to ten of the new 15 episodes of the cult TV show Arrested Development. The job came to the full-service post facility almost accidentally, when colorist Randy Coonfield advised the production on how to best round-trip between the company's Avids and its DaVinci Resolve from Blackmagic Design. Since all 15 episodes were released at once, Randy had his hands full, often color-correcting two episodes at a time to make the final push, turning out an entire season in a matter of days. Here, Randy Coonfield talks to Creative COW about what it took to get this new on-demand season out and streaming.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Randy Coonfield
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
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Day Four

NAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Day Four

Visits to G-Technology, RED, Shortcuts HD, CalDigit and spending the last part of day four of NAB 2013 at the HP booth with a detailed look at the HP Z820 made for a fantastic day.

Editorial, Feature
Dennis Kutchera
Windows Hardware & Software
Larger Than 4K: Larger Than Life!

Larger Than 4K: Larger Than Life!

Keen Live's Walter Soyka regularly works with files twice the size of EPIC's 4.5K - and how about a 120-foot video wall at 14,700 x 1200 - that's why he needs all the power he can get from his workstation.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Walter Soyka
What Computer Should I Buy?
Solving the Mystery of Getting Ahead

Solving the Mystery of Getting Ahead

With a BAFTA for audio in hand, Bang Post Production has a new game afoot for picture post in Wales.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Glenn Collict
What Computer Should I Buy?
No Time To Waste!

No Time To Waste!

Dylan Reeve, Post Supervisor & Finishing Editor for South Pacific Pictures pushes 250 episodes per year of New Zealand's #1 show, "Shortland Street" through the pipeline.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Dylan Reeve
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
Workflow Update: iMac, Adobe & the X Factor

Workflow Update: iMac, Adobe & the X Factor

With five edit suites currently running at Biscardi Creative Media, and four more on standby, Walter Biscardi and crew need the best possible performance our of their workflow and machines. Here, Walter describes the power (yes, power) of the iMac, the workhorse Adobe Premiere Pro, and some never say never insight on FCP X.

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
Cinematography
Jacob Rosenberg Directs Waiting for Lightning

Jacob Rosenberg Directs Waiting for Lightning

Waiting for Lightning is the tragic and triumphant story of legendary skateboarder Danny Way, following him from his chaotic childhood to his early talent with a skateboard through to his many professional successes. With a combination of archival footage, interviews and skateboard action, Waiting for Lightning also takes us on Danny's journey to China to jump the Great Wall on a skateboard.

Feature, People / Interview
Jacob Rosenberg
IBC Expo
IBC 2012: NVIDIA

IBC 2012: NVIDIA

Mac enthusiasts were happy to learn that NVIDIA just introduced the Quadro K5000 for Mac Pro systems, based on NVIDIA Kepler architecture and featuring Cinema 4K display support. NVIDIA also unveiled its second-generation Maximus workstation, featuring the Kepler architecture. This means that users can now send compute work to the NVIDIA Tesla accelerator, reserving the Quadro K5000 GPU for content creation. Last, the company debuted a new line of Kepler-powered Quadro graphics solutions for mobile workstations.

Editorial, 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
NVIDIA Introduces Virtualization and Remote Computing

NVIDIA Introduces Virtualization and Remote Computing

NVIDIA has debuted its VGX platform, which enables many users to access a virtualized desktop and get the same graphics performance on any connected device. The VGX platform, composed of three new technologies, opens up the possibilities of remote collaboration and cloud-based graphics without a loss of power and with low latency. Though still a proof of concept, the new computing paradigm will move into beta this summer, with partnerships in the offing.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Windows Hardware & Software
NAB 2012: HP

NAB 2012: HP

At NAB 2012, HP unveiled its all-in-one HP Z1 workstation. With a 27-inch diagonal screen, Intel Xeon processors and NVIDIA Quadro graphics, the HP Z1 is aimed at both the digital media and entertainment industry and the computer-aided design market.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
What Computer Should I Buy?
HP Unveils New Workstations

HP Unveils New Workstations

HP just unveiled the follow-up to its popular line of Z workstations: the Z820, Z620 and Z420, which come equipped with the eight-core Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family, offer up to 512 gigabytes of DDR3 memory and support multithreaded workstation applications.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
DaVinci
DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Microsoft Windows Enters Public Beta

DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Microsoft Windows Enters Public Beta

Microsoft Windows-based creative shops can now take advantage of DaVinci Resolve 8.2, via a public beta now available for download from Blackmagic Design, and is available both in the full-featured DaVinci Resolve 8.2 and free DaVinci Resolve Lite versions.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Breaking the Hug Quota: DreamWorks, Dragons, HP, and the next creative revolution

Breaking the Hug Quota: DreamWorks, Dragons, HP, and the next creative revolution

Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation, introduced "How to Train Your Dragon" at the DreamWorks campus in Glendale, CA, near Los Angeles. We were there as the guests of HP, the culmination of three days of seeing the latest wonders from HP's Workstation division, read on for highlights of the event.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
Windows Hardware & Software
HP SkyRoom: Sharing is Nice

HP SkyRoom: Sharing is Nice

You might look at HP SkyRoom and see a videoconferencing system, which indeed it is. But it is also a powerful tool for desktop sharing and collaboration, taking advantage of advanced technologies for maximum performance.

Feature
Tim Wilson
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
Windows Hardware & Software
HP Unveils The Future:The New Z-Series Workstations

HP Unveils The Future:The New Z-Series Workstations

Writer and contributing editor, David Roth Weiss, takes us UNDER THE HOOD of HP's powerful new Z800 workstations. With a radical new design inside and out, created in collaboration with the BWM Designworks global design consultancy, the new Z800 is HP's most powerful workstation ever for image and processor-intensive tasks, such as: HD video editing, composting, and 3D animation. As an added bonus, David takes us BEHIND THE SCENES with HP to DreamWorks Animation Studios, where the masterminds behind the incredible new hit film, Monsters vs. Aliens, are reinventing the art of storytelling using exciting new state of the art 3D stereoscopic filmmaking techniques and technologies.

Feature
David Roth Weiss
Autodesk 3ds Max
HP XW4600 WorkstationHP XW4600 Workstation

Creative Cow Leader Michael Hurwicz looks at The HP XW4600 Workstation and finds it a good value in terms of price/performance and productivity.

Review
Michael Hurwicz
Windows Hardware & Software
Directory Opus 9

Directory Opus 9

This bruiser app is so powerful it should be a requirement for any power user (and every digital content creation user). It offers outstanding tools and an enhanced workflow at a great price. Its features are so deep I felt a written review wasn't strong enough to illustrate why Directory Opus 9 should be standard on every windows computer.

Review
John David Hutton
Windows Hardware & Software
Evoluent Vertical Mouse

Evoluent Vertical Mouse

It starts as a slight twinge in the shoulder, or a prickle in the wrist, a dime-sized knot in the forearm or a tingling somewhere up and down the arm. Whatever the symptoms, the cause is usually the same - RSI or repetitive strain injury or its widely publicized brother, carpal tunnel syndrome. In this article, John David Hutton takes a look at the new Evoluent Vertical Mouse. It could be the answer to protecting yourself from carpal tunnel and other strains.

Review
John David Hutton
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