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Orson Welles' Brief, Passionate Love Affair with Betacam

Orson Welles' Brief, Passionate Love Affair with Betacam

A video production pioneer who shot with the first Sony Betacam camera and set up the first Betacam to 1-inch edit suite, Frank Beacham also worked with Orson Welles on Welles’ final project before passing away in 1985. Welles was exceptionally engaged with the most technical aspects of the cutting edge technology that was just beginning to emerge, including a passionate belief in the possibilities that Betacam could offer. This is a truly astounding tale of creativity at the crossroads, and an intimate look inside the mind and work of one of the 20th century’s most influential storytellers.

Frank Beacham
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
KICKSTART THEFT: Filmed on Sony F65

KICKSTART THEFT: Filmed on Sony F65

Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and director Frederic Goodich, ASC got together to push the new Sony F65 to its limits. The result is Kickstart Theft, a short film based on De Sica's classic The Bicycle Thieves, which was shot in downtown Los Angeles in a range of challenging lighting and shooting conditions.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
IBC Expo
IBC: Sony Introduces All-in-One 3D Shoulder Camcorder

IBC: Sony Introduces All-in-One 3D Shoulder Camcorder

Sony's most interesting play at IBC 2011 was the advance in 3D camcorders. Live 3D sports is the target for Sony and with their new product releases, they'll be up to the game.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Business & Marketing
Recalling our First Five Years in Print

Recalling our First Five Years in Print

The Power of Dreaming: Forging Visions that Work. That is the standard that we at Creative COW strive to unite under. In just five years, the COW Magazine has moved from the realms of dreams to a market leader. Read on for founder Ron Lindeboom's personal remembrances and inspiration, and what constantly keeps us at the COW motivated for further achievement -- you, our readers and members.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview, Project
Ron Lindeboom
Camera and Lens Round-Up

Camera and Lens Round-Up

Gary Adcock explores and reviews many of the high-end cameras, lenses, monitors, and camera support gear introduced at NAB 2010 in this acquisition and display report.

Review, Feature, People / Interview
Gary Adcock
Indie Film & Documentary
DreamSpeakers On Tour: Budding Aboriginal Filmmakers

DreamSpeakers On Tour: Budding Aboriginal Filmmakers

In this article, VASST's Douglas Spotted Eagle, takes COW members inside the DreamSpeakers On Tour. DreamSpeakers is a three-weekend project where students meet with professionals in the film/video industry and learn their craft, beginning from the ground floor of film making. Budding Aboriginal filmmakers and Dreamspeakers work together to produce first films for youth, by youth, and the program has kicked off to a great start.

Feature, People / Interview
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Sony EX Series XDCAM
A Creative Cow Real-time Report: EX1 vs. PD170A Creative Cow Real-time Report: EX1 vs. PD170

In this Creative COW Real Time Report, Don Greening puts the Sony DSR-PD170, long-acknowledged to be a low-light champ, against the newcomer, the PMW EX-1 head to head in a low-light test. Will the upstart unseat the champ? Read on....

Review, Feature
Don Greening
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.

Shane Ross
HDV Format
VisionLab Studio/CompositeLab/Effects Lab from Fxhome

VisionLab Studio/CompositeLab/Effects Lab from Fxhome

In this article, contributing editor Jim Harvey takes a look at Vision Lab Studio, Composite Lab and Effects Lab from Fxhome. Read on to find out why Jim calls it 'professional compositing on a budget.'

Jim Harvey
HDV Format
Sony Vegas 7

Sony Vegas 7

In this article, contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews Sony Vegas 7 and concludes, ''...It Just Keeps Getting Better. For the money, you 'd be hard pressed to find a better editing program.''

Jim Harvey
Sony DV
Sony DNE 2000: Getting Up to SpeedSony DNE 2000: Getting Up to Speed

Getting fast on the DNE 2000, like most NLE's, involves knowing the toolset, then practice using them on a daily basis. You can increase your editing speed on the DNE 2000, if you know the major set of the tools and how to use them. In this tutorial, Mike Harper demonstrates some shortcuts and tips.

Mike Harper
Sony DV
Sony WV-DR7: Doug Graham Takes a Look

Sony WV-DR7: Doug Graham Takes a Look

Japanese electronics manufacturers have a long history of putting the US market in last place when it comes to introducing new technology. Many products are available in the Japanese or the European markets before US consumers can get them. Some products never make it to our shores at all.The Sony line of dual-well DV/VHS VCRs is one example of this phenomenon. In this article, Doug Graham takes a look at the the Sony WV-DR7.

Doug Graham

Gary Adcock (1)
Frank Beacham (1)
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Don Greening (1)
Mike Harper (1)
Jim Harvey (2)
Debra Kaufman (3)
Ron Lindeboom (1)
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