Broadcasting Tutorials : Creative COW Creative COW Library of Broadcasting, tips, and strategies. en-us Thu, 27 Feb 2020 08:00:00 GMT PHP Script Westdoc Online interview with National Geographic Channel's VP of Development, Charlie Parsons Charlie Parsons is Vice President of Development for the National Geographic Channel, responsible for developing new projects, discovering new talent and serving as one of the network’s main points of contact for the global production community. Since joining the Channel in 2010, Parsons has devel Tue, 22 May 2018 23:35:29 GMT NAB Show New York 2016: Growing, Yet Still Intimate Calling April's NAB Show "overwhelming" is an understatement. The expo that fills the rapidly expanding Las Vegas Convention Center every April topped 103,000 attendees and 1700+ exhibitors in 2 million square feet of exhibit space. The Big Apple's edition of the NAB Show is more bite sized: taking Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:24:46 GMT Blackmagic Design Teranex Mini: 4K Monitoring & So Much More When Blackmagic asked broadcast engineer, systems designer, and all-around straight shooter Bob Zelin to take a look at the new Teranex Mini line, he told them no. Converter stories are too boring. Just one problem, though: his clients couldn't see pictures out of their SDI gear going into HDMI inpu Sun, 24 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Building a Broadcast Studio with Blackmagic Design Master facility designer Bob Zelin has been building studios for his clients based around the offerings from Blackmagic Design, and he's here to tell you: this is for real. The pieces are here now, and they fit together beautifully -- and he's got even more clients lined up for Blackmagic-centered s Mon, 01 Jun 2015 21:40:56 GMT NAB 2015, ZELINIZED: HD IS OVER Bob Zelin applies decades of engineering and facility design experience to finding products from the 2015 NAB Show that will make a real-world difference for you on a daily basis. Here's Bob's take on everything from thumb drives to 40GigE. Sun, 03 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Quantel + Snell: New Workflows and Expanded Customer Base In their first NAB Show exhibiting together, Quantel and Snell introduced updates and new features to their IP routing and switching technologies and servers, and affirmed a commitment to lower costs and expand third party support to make their products widely available to a broader market. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 23:21:53 GMT The Drive to Create: The Drive: PAC-12 Football The 25-year career of 16-time Emmy winner Jim Jorden began with NFL Films, and included 7 years creating programs for NASCAR before returning to football. Along the way, he has led the production of 69 new series on 20 networks, winning Emmys for his work as a cameraman, an editor, and an executive Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT Quantel Unveils 8K 60p Pablo Rio Workflow Quantel has unveiled a new Pablo Rio working in real time at 8K 60p, supported with hardware by NVIDIA and AJA, a world's first for post production. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:51:08 GMT Distributing Creativity: The Growth of Cloud-based Workflows The cloud can mean a lot of things, and in some cases, it can mean nearly nothing. This can make it hard to even know what we're talking about. The "real" parts are getting more real all the time, though, for everything from collaboration to computation. Creative COW Contributing Editor Ky Mon, 12 May 2014 23:00:00 GMT Blackmagic Design's Film Scanner and the 4K Future A film scanner being released in 2014 is kind of a strange thing, but not when you get the full Ultra HD story. Blackmagic Design's new Cintel Film Scanner can create Ultra HD content in real time for a fraction of the price of older scanners, and many movies and television shows over the last thirt Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Project DAVID Creates Digital Content Preservation Tech While there is a strong movement to preserve and restore old film, preservation of audiovisual digital content has been less of a priority. Project DAVID seeks to change that, by developing technology for prevention of damage, preservation and restoration for the vast libraries of digital content. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:00:00 GMT NAB Show Conferences: Can We Talk? NAB Show is billed as "the largest and most relevant educational program for media and entertainment professionals anywhere." With so much information, you'll want to do your research and find what's the best conference for you. In this condensed guide, Ryan Salazar names a few of the conf Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:34:00 GMT NOT Your Father's AM At this time, over 2,200 radio stations are broadcasting a hybrid HD Radio signal, with more on the way, and with NAB approaching, Ryan Salazar is considering the future and applications of digital radio. Radio is going to become sexy again, and this is NOT your father's AM broadcast... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT NAB Labs Futures Park: FM & Smartphones - A Good Idea? NAB Labs Futures Park is a showplace designed to display the newest of advanced projects, demonstrations of high-tech media developments in progress, prototypes, and products not yet available for sale. One of the most exciting features in NAB Labs Futures Park will be the exploration of FM radio si Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Inter BEE keynote: Japan Will Broadcast 8K by 2020 Olympics It's not news that Japan has announced its intent to broadcast 8K by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In today's production environment, the advent of 4K is still news and 8K seems like a futuristic pipe dream. But when Creative COW Contributing Editor Debra Kaufman was in Japan in November, she learned jus Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:00:00 GMT Will 2014 Be the Year of 4K? UltraHD, or 4K, has been making an appearance at trade shows for the last couple of years. At this year's IBC in Amsterdam, the demonstrations and products pushed forward the idea that 4K is a possibility for TV distribution and general production and post. Creative COW takes a look at the offerings Fri, 27 Sep 2013 23:00:00 GMT 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. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:00:00 GMT 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 ent Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:00:00 GMT Ten Networking Tips for Video Production Conferences Attending Video Production conferences and educational seminars can add to your pool of creative resources, but you're missing out if you don't take the opportunity to meet people and make connections. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 23:00:00 GMT SIGGRAPH 2013: Highlights from a Great Party! SIGGRAPH member Ryan Salazar highlights animation tech, visual tech featuring powerful LED and DLP projection and ultra-high resolution, provides links for keynote speeches, and first-hand looks at the Canon MREAL Mixed Reality handset. This was a must-see show, and we wrap up with a few of our COW Fri, 26 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT Covert Affairs and Suits with Online Editor Scott Freeman Scott Freeman figured out how to use Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve in an innovative way to dramatically speed up media matching in the online editing process for USA Network's dramas, "Suits" and "Covert Affairs." He describes how he round-trips between the Avid Symphony an Sun, 14 Jul 2013 07:01:00 GMT The Cloud - Nowhere To Go But Up The cloud is here, and it's perfect for television broadcasting. "The broadcast industry is changing, has always been changing and will always be about change," says Michael Rofe, iCTVBA Chairman and Global president. Migrating broadcasting to the cloud is a natural transition, and Ryan Sa Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT WorldStage Collaborates with ESPN Studios for LED Displays WorldStage, of New York City, has recently designed and integrated 'First of It's Kind' Live, Moving LED display installation for ESPN's premier show, the KIA NBA Countdown, recorded at the Los Angeles Production Center. This article describes the design and integration requirements implemented by W Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:00:00 GMT 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... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:24:17 GMT NAB Show 2013 Coverage NOBODY is more excited about NAB Show 2013 than broadcast guru Ryan Salazar. His contagious enthusiasm about new products and technologies for the studio industry will be certain to captivate and inform. Take a look at his pre-Show teaser of 2013 coverage. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT The Future of Television-HPA Tech Retreat Unites Techy Types A who’s who of the country’s broadcast, film and TV post production industry convened in Indian Wells, California to listen to tech presentations on everything from Ultra HDTV to Mobile DTV and chew over the latest conundrums. Next year’s HPA Tech Retreat will take place Feb. 17 th Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:40:58 GMT 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 syste Thu, 06 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT 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 cr Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT 3DTV To Go: The Evolution of 3D and Multi-Screen Viewing 3D in movies is here to stay. While a bit behind schedule for home viewing, 3D's next horizon may be even smaller screens: glasses-free 3D has been available on phones for over a year, and is evolving for touchscreen tablets. Editor-in-chief and publisher for The Hollywood Reporter for 17 years, Bob Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:00:00 GMT 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. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:02:29 GMT 3DTV: The Industry's Challenges, Your Opportunities. As consumers, it is easy for us to see that 3DTV has not spread as quickly as originally hoped. There are still lots of opportunities for manufacturers and broadcasters to make big moves, and Al Caudullo, The 3DGuy discusses them. More important, Al has seen opportunities for independent content cre Wed, 03 Oct 2012 15:00:00 GMT Rewiring, Automating and Scaling Up for Broadcast Post How do 34 staffers produce 1,850+ Television spots & 600+ Radio spots...every month? Automation. Ryan Salazar also rewired studioZ's entire facility top to bottom for digital workflows that can still accommodate the HDCAM some of their clients still require. Combine that with a new machine room, 40 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:41:35 GMT I've Been Captivated Billing itself as hosting "over 50,000 of the industry's finest minds and wisest investors from across the international electronic media spectrum" in order "to do business, debate, share insight, network and lead," IBC 2012 (this year in Amsterdam) was the talk of the industry! Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Remembering SBE Founder John Battison Broadcast legend, John Battison, passed away Tuesday, August 28th, 2012, just 14 days away from his 97th birthday. With a lifetime of contribution to the broadcast world, and a brilliant personality in his own right, Battison leaves a legacy that only he could foster. The broadcasting world mourns i Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:05:30 GMT 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. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:51:06 GMT SERIOUSLY SIGGRAPH SIGGRAPH member, Ryan Salazar highlights a few key products and services from the largest and most complete display of goodies from the computer graphics and interactive techniques industry - an event which boasted over 160 industry organizations exhibited in a mind-blowing 44,750 square feet of exh Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:00:13 GMT SENCORE: Web-Based Network Monitoring with the VB330 Part of Sencore's VideoBRIDGE product line, the VB330 Probe can be equipped with two 10GB Ethernet inputs in order to monitor and troubleshoot thousands of IP streams in large cable, IPTV and satellite broadcast chains. With the ability to monitor either through a local VideoBRIDGE controller system Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT Simply SMPTE SMPTE, or the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers, is recognized as the global leader in the development of standards and authoritative practices for film, television, video and multimedia. Ryan Salazar's article describes a brief history of SMPTE, timecodes and membership today. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 21:25:34 GMT 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. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:51:33 GMT The New IT Director Versus the Old Broadcast Engineer From the earliest days of media, it was recognized that there needed to be people who performed the technical workings of the studio. As today's technology calls for new skillsets, there is a new demand for someone - a hybrid engineer - who can bridge the gap between the broadcast engineer of old an Wed, 11 Jul 2012 18:41:15 GMT Mobile Video Production with the Matrox MXO2 Award-winning Bradley Shende, Executive Producer at Connected Life and CEO/Founder of M2O, discusses mobile video production with the Matrox MXO2. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 12:22:08 GMT Putting the B Back in NAB NAB has been more than a broadcast show for a very long time -- but the "B" still stands for "Broadcasters!" Engineer Ryan Salazar takes a look at new products for the old school. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 19:54:43 GMT BET Signs on to Market7 BET Networks has signed on to Market7's software-as-service, a browser-based, in-the-cloud suite of tools for a more collaborative production workflow. BET is using the service for dailies and review-and-approval for six or seven TV shows. Market7 is also adding watermarking to improve security and Mon, 21 May 2012 13:00:55 GMT 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? Wed, 16 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT 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 s Mon, 09 Apr 2012 10:27:18 GMT Modern VideoFilm Adds Harmonic MediaGrid Systems Modern VideoFilm post production facility has found a rock solid way to handle high volume preparation of movies and TVs for delivery to a wide variety of platforms, from Web portals and satellite to cable and over-the-air in the form of the Harmonic MediaGrid, which serves as an incoming/outgoing c Thu, 05 Apr 2012 10:00:42 GMT Three Decades of Digital Disruption: Glenn Reitmeier & HDTV Glenn Reitmeier, senior vice president of Advanced Technology for NBC Universal, who also leads NBC Universal's technical efforts on industry standards, government policy, commercial agreements, anti-piracy operations and advanced engineering, on the eve of accepting the National Association of Broa Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:42:31 GMT Confessions of a Teenage Girl Tim Wilson's bio photo may look like the vague approximation of a man in his early fifties, but he assures us most emphatically that it is the face of a teenage girl -- at least when he thinks about The Vampire Diaries. Look, this is just the way it is when you're a fan. We might try to keep our coo Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:00:58 GMT Tektronix Debuts WFM2200 Waveform Monitor Portable form factor and affordable price are two key features of the WFM2200, a portable waveform monitor ideal for broadcasters and video content producers wishing to install, configure, maintain and troubleshoot their video equipment. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 11:24:52 GMT JVC introduces HD 3D Production Analysis Monitor JVC Professional Products Company has just introduced the DT-3D24G1U 24-inch HD 3D LCD production analysis monitor, the latest addition to the company's Vérité G Series product line, which promises to deliver precision adjustment of 3D images aimed at production and post. Fri, 06 Jan 2012 17:34:05 GMT