Bob Zelin Looks at the Blackmagic Design SmartScope Duo
Stop using the high price of HD waveform/vectorscopes as an excuse for not checking your video. Join Bob Zelin for a closer look at a real-world installation of Blackmagic's new SmartScope Duo, a practical, flexible, and yes, affordable approach to broadcast-quality monitoring.
Adobe After Effects
GenArts Sapphire 7: Must-Have VFX Plug-ins for AE & Avid
Frequent COW Contributing Editor Kevin P. McAuliffe reviews the latest version of GenArts Sapphire plug-in effects filters for both Adobe After Effects and Avid AVX versions, with ratings for current and new Sapphire users. Kevin also observes Sapphire's ability to plug into other NLEs and finishing systems, and takes a closer look at its licensing options, including purchasing, monthly rental and site licenses. You'll definitely want to see the latest and greatest of what this must-have software package has to offer.
Kevin P McAuliffe
Archiving and Back-Up
Archiving Video With HP's New LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 Tape Drive
For years, Helmut Kobler has used LTO tape to archive footage and projects that he couldn't afford to ever lose. When HP recently released the industry's first desktop LTO-6 tape drive, the Ultrium 6250 ($4199 list), Kobler couldn't resist its upgraded tape capacity and speed. Here's his hands-on report of using the 6250 on a Mac.
Tiffen DFX Filters
Tiffen DFX 3.0: Color Grading, Lab Processes, & More
Whatever your level of expertise with color grading, you are going to want to try Tiffen DFX after reading this review. In a sentence, it is one of the most useful, if not the most useful plugin you will find to extend the color correction capabilities of your editing software, solve picture problems and add creative looks to your production without a steep learning curve.
Adobe Edge Animate/The Missing Manual Software/Book Review
Increasingly, web developers are being asked to create sites that are viewable on tablets and mobile devices, as well as desktops and laptops running Windows, OS X or Linux. One of the challenges in creating a site like that is animation. Flash, for many years the preferred cross-platform animation solution, is no longer supported on many tablets and mobile devices. Michael looks for - and finds - answers within Adobe's Edge Animate.
TV & Movie Appreciation
Review: The Hobbit Without An Unexpected Pun in the Title
Not being a teenage Tolkien freak anymore, Kylee Wall was reasonably enthusiastic, but not lose-your-mind crazy like she was when she saw The Two Towers back in the day. She wasn't even dressed up in an elven cloak and holding a bow like the girl that sat next to her. But when the film entered Bag End for the first time with Ian Holm narrating - In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit - Yikes, emotions. Read Kylee's reactions to seeing The Hobbit in all its glory - 3D, HFR, and all.
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, TELNET (network protocol) or remotely, using a standard web browser, this guy caught the attention of broadcast guru Ryan Salazar. Let's see what he thinks.
Adobe After Effects
mocha Pro v3 - A Process of Guided Evolution
In April 2012, Imagineer Systems announced a major point release of their VFX toolbox product mocha Pro v3. In this review, Andrew Devis looks at all the changes and improvements to mocha Pro and how those changes impact the work-flow of VFX artists to save them time and frustration. Andrew gives a brief overview of the mocha product range, explains the processes at the heart of mocha and then gives more detailed analysis of the many changes that have come into mocha for this release and how they enhance the usability and value of the product for any VFX artist or studio.
Adobe Premiere Pro
One Week with Premiere Pro
As producers for two TV shows for the Pursuit Network, Robbie Coblentz and team had a comfortable workflow with FCP 7, with just one drawback... it took a ton of time to encode everything to a single format prior to editing. Enter Adobe's new hardware settings for PP CS6 which allow third-party cards like Blackmagic Design and AJA to work much better. Read on for the pros and cons of one week with Adobe Premiere Pro.
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.
What Computer Should I Buy?
ProMAX ONE: Looking at the Hero
ProMAX has put together a beast of a creative workstation designed to serve a host of needs in production, particularly Post, and Walter Biscardi put the beast to a grueling test.
Review, Editorial, Tutorial
Sorenson Media Squeeze 8.5 Update Review
Each time Sorenson releases a new version, the improvements over the previous version are always significant -- and this new version has that same M.O. You'll see improvements in speed - yes, it's even faster than before - and so much more. Jerry includes a breakdown of the new features and what he thinks about the updates.
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?
Confessions of a Creative Maniac: Pixel Pushing with Analog Digits
The primary author of the very first book ever written about Photoshop appropriately chooses a Photoshop-related subject to hone in on for his very first column for his new editorial home - and on a platform that many COW fans might feel is little more than a media consumption device, the iPad. Take a moment to consume these thoughts, as David serves up fresh opinion about the Photoshop Touch app.
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
Panasonic AG-HPX250 Camera
With a sharp imager, monster lens and killer codec, Panasonic's HPX250 ($5995, with additional discounts and rebates in effect) makes a great workhorse camera for any kind of shooting that doesn’t need a shallow depth-of-field.
The Panasonic AG-AC160
Panasonic has several camcorders with similar build, but different underlying core technologies -- specifically, the AC160/130 and the HPX250. The key difference between them, respectively, is 4:2:0 MP4 GOP at 1920x1080 resolution and AVCCAM recording as high at 21Mbps, versus 10-bit, 4:2:2 independent-frame, 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra 100 recording. For those who find AVCHD sufficient, but want a full-on camcorder solution without additional workarounds needed compared to more consumer cameras, the AC160 is meant to fit in your hand.
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.