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Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool

Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool

15 years is a long time on the internet! Travel back with us to the days before YouTube, social media, digital cinema, smartphones, iPods and all the rest, back to the founding of Creative COW by Ronald & Kathlyn Lindeboom in April 2001. Join us for an insider's look at the earliest days of the professional digital video revolution, all the way through the events that have shaped the world's largest community of media professionals, right here at Creative COW.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
NAB Show
AJA Focuses on 4K and Lets you #TryCION

AJA Focuses on 4K and Lets you #TryCION

AJA announced 4K-focused updates to its family of mini converters, as well as updates to the 4K/UHD CION camera and new loan program that will put the camera in the hands of filmmakers across North America for free this summer.

Feature
Kylee Peña
NAB Show
Tips from an NAB Veteran: Make the Best Use of Your Time

Tips from an NAB Veteran: Make the Best Use of Your Time

"The snow is finally starting to melt," says Creative COW Contributing Editor (and member with nearly 25,000 posts) Walter Biscardi, "so that means it’s time for the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention. I've gone so many times it’s more like a family reunion than a trade show anymore. Here’s my 2015 edition of “Tips From An NAB Veteran To Make The Best Use Of Your Time.”

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Walter Biscardi
NAB Show
Open Letter to Companies Exhibiting at the NAB Show

Open Letter to Companies Exhibiting at the NAB Show

"Trade show exhibitors are all competing to be the loudest, shiniest and sexiest," says Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall. "I'm writing to ask you to consider how your conduct can help make the exhibit hall a more inviting and inclusive experience for everyone."

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Toaster and Tim's Vermeer

The Toaster and Tim's Vermeer

The inventor of the NewTek Video Toaster was certain that he figured out the secret behind the uncanny realism of one of the world's greatest painters, and certain he could use the same methods to duplicate it. Really? Yes, really. Join us for a conversation with NewTek founder Tim Jenison on the unexpected intersection of art, technology, obsession and the Video Toaster in the wonderfully provocative documentary called Tim's Vermeer.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

Creative COW had the great pleasure of speaking to visual effects pioneer John Dykstra, who received his first Academy Award for his work on Star Wars, and, the same year, won an Academy Scientific and Engineering Award for the Dykstraflex motion-control camera that made so many of Star Wars' effects possible. Join us as he shares behind the scenes on Star Wars, speaks about his transition from an artist to a VFX supervisor, and gives us his thoughts on the state of VFX today.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
John Dykstra, ASC
TV & Movie Appreciation
Creating the 3D in Gravity

Creating the 3D in Gravity

Gravity, the highly-acclaimed, intensely emotional space thriller, has been hailed as some of the - if not the VERY - best 3D footage ever seen on the big screen. This has led to some surprise when learning that Gravity was NOT shot in 3D. However, it wasn't entirely converted in post either. It featured an innovative and unique workflow that incorporated 3D conversion during production as well as a complex integration with 3D VFX. In a conversation with Prime Focus World, we find out how they did it.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
Will 2014 Be the Year of 4K?

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 and the opportunities.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
MAYA
Iron Man 3: The Trixters Behind Tony Stark's Shiny New Armor

Iron Man 3: The Trixters Behind Tony Stark's Shiny New Armor

Seventy artists from Trixter worked an entire year to create a formidable 208 VFX shots for Marvel's Iron Man 3. Each new episode in the Iron Man saga details a slick new technology created by the ingenious Tony Stark, and the new installment does not disappoint! Combining the hard surface geometry of the Iron Man suit auto-assembly with the flexibility of the human body was one of the challenges that Trixter brought from previs to believable screen reality.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Alessandro Cioffi
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Day One

NAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Day One

Dennis Kutchera heads out to NAB 2013 on the Post Production Trail. He has a mind to see what's new for the post world - here are a few of his first impressions.

Editorial, Feature
Dennis Kutchera
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
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Paul Cameron ASC on Total Recall

Behind the Lens: Paul Cameron ASC on Total Recall

Paul Cameron, ASC, just finished work on the remake of Total Recall, directed by Len Wiseman and starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel with Bill Nighy, Bryan Cranston, and John Cho. Cameron was last featured in Creative COW for his work on Henry's Crime. His previous credits include director Michael Mann's Collateral and Tony Scott's Man on Fire.

Feature
Paul Cameron, ASC
Art of the Edit
NAB 2012: Introducing Our Blue Ribbon Award Winners

NAB 2012: Introducing Our Blue Ribbon Award Winners

The only industry award chosen by hundreds of thousands of working professionals and potential customers from around the world.

Editorial
Tim Wilson
DaVinci Resolve
Company 3's DI artist Stephen Nakamura on Prometheus

Company 3's DI artist Stephen Nakamura on Prometheus

Stephen Nakamura, one of a handful of artists who helped to pioneer DI color grading, shares his experience on creating the look for Prometheus as envisioned by director Ridley Scott.

Feature
Stephen Nakamura
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: AJA Video Systems

NAB 2012: AJA Video Systems

AJA Video Systems brought out the big guns at NAB 2012, including T-TAP, a powerhouse in a small, inexpensive package for delivering 10-bit 2K, HD and SD (with embedded audio) from any compatible Mac. Elsewhere, the company released firmware to support Avid DNxHD and offered a post pathway for the 4K output of the new Canon C500.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
Kevin Smith @ NAB

Kevin Smith @ NAB

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 found that Director Kevin Smith has such passion for his craft, with working as a director during the day and cutting at night, and sharing his edits with the crew the next morning, he energizes all around him. After spending a few moments with Kevin, Walter was ready to go straight to his office and start working!

Feature, People / Interview
Walter Biscardi
NAB Expo
AJA@NAB

AJA@NAB

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, we find that Gary Adcock spent quite a bit of time at NAB working in the AJA booth, which showcased the KiPro Mini software update v.2.5, update for the Kona 3G card, new fibre converters and the FS2 frame sync.

Feature
Gary Adcock
NAB Expo
AJA releases 4K for KONA 3G at NAB 2011

AJA releases 4K for KONA 3G at NAB 2011

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 examines AJA's newest releases and technology advances, with AJA sporting multiple products at NAB 2011 that enhance workflows for today's--and tomorrow's--productions.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
SAN - Storage Area Networks
Fast Enough? Data-Driven Broadcast Infrastructure

Fast Enough? Data-Driven Broadcast Infrastructure

We can always can count on Bob Zelin moving fast enough to keep up with the crazy number of new options for data-driven broadcast infrastructure. Read on for Bob's review of his findings - enthusiastic and exhausted (er.. exhaustive) - at the super-charged, super-fast NAB 2010.

Review, Feature, People / Interview
Bob Zelin
Adobe After Effects
HP DreamColor Monitor as a CRT Replacement

HP DreamColor Monitor as a CRT Replacement

Thanks to its 10-bit color and advanced calibration toolset, the HP DreamColor display has naturally been seen as a strong choice for color grading, animation, and VFX monitoring. Creative COW Contributing Editor Jeremy Garchow has also found it to be a stellar choice for broadcast HD editing, offering exceptional performance at a breakthrough price. There is a little more to the story than that, including some important tips about working the DreamColor into your facility. Read on for Jeremy's real-world report on why he bought the DreamColor, and how he is using it.

Review
Jeremy Garchow
Apple Final Cut Pro
Bob Zelin Looks at Dulce Systems Pro EX PCI-Express expander

Bob Zelin Looks at Dulce Systems Pro EX PCI-Express expander

WELL, it happened again. Today, I installed the new Dulce Systems Pro EX PCI-Express expander. This product is amazing, and this review will be very short, as it's such a simple product, that has been LONG OVERDUE.

Review
Bob Zelin
AJA io
The long-awaited AJA Io HD!The long-awaited AJA Io HD!

Creative COW Community leader Gary Adcock has also worked closely with a number of industry manufacturers over the years, including AJA. Gary offers a guided tour through the features of the much-anticipated Io HD, and its promise of portable, hardware-supported ProRes editing in virtually every frame size and frame rate.

Review
Gary Adcock
HD High-End
Shane Ross Reports: IBC 2007

Shane Ross Reports: IBC 2007

Creative COW leader Shane Ross saved you a trip to Amsterdam -- further for some Cows than others, but pretty far for most. As always, you can count on Shane to tell you exactly what he thinks about what he saw: AJA, Sony XDCAM EX, Edit Share, and That Other Camera.

Feature
Shane Ross
AJA Kona - Mac
Bob Zelin Looks at The AJA GEN10

Bob Zelin Looks at The AJA GEN10

The AJA GEN10 is a cost effective and flexible Blackburst and Tri-level Sync Generator. While reminding you of why blackburst and sync are very, very good ideas, Creative Cow leader Bob Zelin takes you through the GEN10's ins and 7 outs.

Review
Bob Zelin
Apple Final Cut Pro
Machine Rooms: The Bob Zelin WayMachine Rooms: The Bob Zelin Way

Walter Biscardi reports on the recent upgrade of his studio by fellow Creative COW leader, Bob Zelin.

Feature
Walter Biscardi
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Ron Lindeboom (1)
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Bob Zelin (6)


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