Creative COW Blogs Creative COW Blogs, brought to you from media professionals world wide. Working in the effects, film, video, and broadcast industries around the globe. en-us Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:00:00 GMT PHP Script #8 Welcome to the Low End Hi everyone. It's been over a year since we last made one of these walk through videos. There are many reasons we took so long. The first is that we've been too dang busy. The second is that it's pretty much impossible to feature the professional work we actually do in one of these as there are so m Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:09:58 GMT Saying goodbye to a very special friend Yesterday, I had to say goodbye to my dog Pete. He's been with me for almost 10 years and helped me raise my kids, chase all the deer away, and keep my house safe from squirrels and mailmen. He started feeling ill last week (while I was away at NAB) and this Friday, after several visits to the vet, Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:24:08 GMT Setting the stage for “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” Video Playback and Graphics team uses Adobe Creative Cloud and plugins from FxFactory to create period-specific news content To make the set of GNN, the 24-hour news channel featured in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues as realistic as possible required one essential element: content. It was the job Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:26:25 GMT What’s missing from today’s tech based editing (this is a re-publish of a blog article I wrote for my personal web page) When I was starting out in post there was a clearly defined road one took to becoming an editor. These were the last few years of cutting film on a 35mm flatbed and my experience was limited to the commercial world verses the Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:26:17 GMT NAB Day Whatever - New Perspectives on Old Business With the show wrapping up and my body shutting down, I've been thinking about the stuff I've seen and people I've talked to at this year's show. This is the first year I've been covering the show in a full on press capacity (meaning sitting down with a number of vendors to get the story straight fro Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:58:32 GMT Producing content for the largest sports show on earth is no small task An ambitious content delivery goal will be met with a workflow featuring Adobe Premiere Pro CC Pulling off the broadcast of the largest sports show on earth, spanning nearly a month’s worth of content, is no small task. HBS, FIFA’s dedicated host broadcaster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, has c Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:43:49 GMT Sonnyboo Podcast - Promotion Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:20:19 GMT NAB Day 1 - Throwbacks The running gag on the show floor yesterday was a punchline to the effect of "AND we're releasing a camera!" If that kind of humor isn't your thing, then I can't really recommend you come to NAB for real. But even with all all the hooplah about new cameras and such, a couple things that stuck out to Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:15:23 GMT NAB Pre-Show Buzz -- or lack thereof? So yeah, if you haven't guessed by the articles you might have seen with my name on them or the NAB show guide and all that, I'm here in Vegas for my third NAB. My brain hasn't really caught up to the idea yet, so I've spent much of the weekend walking around in a daze. I think it's starting to sett Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:25:18 GMT Roundtrip? AAF Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve/Avid Symphony Avoid the modify command with the four clicks to confirm the "Tape Name" metadata selection in the Avid. Online with high quality MXF media files that the Avid created and use the Resolve to make my metadata link to essence dreams come true. Plus, if one wanted to color correct using Resolve and exp Sat, 05 Apr 2014 06:03:25 GMT It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! For tech nerds like me, A week at NAB is like a trip to Disney World for a Kid. It's one thing to read about what's new or watch a video stream from the show floor, but there is nothing like being there and putting your hands on new and up-coming products. As a lover of all things post-production, t Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:49:17 GMT Recreating reality with visual effects Seamless visual effects for The Wolf of Wall Street created with help from Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Photoshop CC Paul and Christina Graff of Crazy Horse Effects (CHE) are visual effects aficionados, with projects to their credit such as There Will Be Blood and Life of Pi. They also work with Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:25:31 GMT Expert filmmaker builds online community Pioneering filmmaker Ryan Connolly shares his passion for Adobe video software After graduating from film school, Ryan Connolly started out in a fairly typical fashion: creating music videos and commercials for local clients. He then went on to run the video studio at PC game company Alienware. But Wed, 02 Apr 2014 04:13:45 GMT Action DP Lawrence Ribeiro “Every (action) shoot brings elements of uncertainty. For me, there are things I can do to increase certainty. And in the case of a rappel shoot, it was scouting. Going to the location a couple of times and looking at it with different light afforded me a strategy to approach the cliff.”Los Ange Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:34:18 GMT Live Event Production: Part 1 - Planning Over the past couple of years I have taken on the role of Technical Director for the several large medical conferences that our company manages. AV, catering, CME, registration, on-site support and hotel logistics are all services that go into managing a medical conference. In addition we have an e Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:34:18 GMT Interactive video invention Powster creates striking user-interactive music video for Bombay Bicycle Club with Adobe Creative Cloud Powster is nothing if not innovative. The interactive and motion graphics company provides “over-the-top” content, concepts, and apps for the entertainment industry. Powster’s inspiring work Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:01:12 GMT 5 Things You Need to Know about Shared Storage 1. Shared storage is becoming the norm. It's not a "hack" anymore that's used to skirt licenses or the need for more disks. Vendors are beginning to embrace it more and more, and the storage software and protocols are adapting. There's never been a better time to implement a shared storage solution. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:13:21 GMT Devin Super Tramp achieves extreme YouTube success Brilliant emerging filmmaker uses Adobe Creative Cloud to edit weekly videos for popular online channel Extreme sports videos are a hit on YouTube, but few think about the behind the scenes work that it takes to capture these daring events on film and share them with the world. Devin Graham, aka Dev Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:46:23 GMT Where Passion Takes You as a Writer “The heart of an engaging story resides in the heart and mind of the person writing the story. It is passion and where that passion takes you as a writer.” So says Don Vasicek, the founder and owner of Olympus Films+, LLC, a global writing and filmmaking company. “This passion is reflected thr Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:54:32 GMT Thunderbolt Updates We’ve been working pretty hard on Thunderbolt products over the last few weeks and I thought I’d write up some of the interesting things we’ve implemented. I’m sure most of you are aware that Thunderbolt is an external, hotplug/unplug version of PCIE. Thunderbolt 1 provided a 4X PCIE bus alo Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:56:23 GMT