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 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT PHP Script Director/Writer David L. Johnson “I’m looking for complicated characters dealing with complicated issues.” So says director/writer David L. Johnson when asked what he looks for in a script.Recognize a Story That Moves“Personally,” Johnson says, “I have no preference. I think a lot of directors get hung up on fitting int Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:48:33 GMT Working hard in corporate video—and loving it Leah Earle and Phanta Media deliver brilliant work with Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Premiere Pro CC Leah Earle loves her job. As a video editor for Phanta Media in Toronto, she looks forward to going to work. Founded by Mark Drager in 2006, Phanta Media is a rising star in the corporate video uni Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:41:50 GMT Videoguys' Guide (with Video) to Avid Media Composer | Software Avid Media Composer | Software is now available in 3 license types making it the perfect professional editing solution for everyone. One of the big announcements at NAB from Avid is that customers will have the choice to have Media Composer their way. You can still own a perpetual license that toget Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:57:07 GMT Avid Symphony v6.5 - v7 / Resolve v9 - v10 | metadata link to essence by scott freeman As of 4-23-2014 the only HD video file format that I know of that the Avid can read the embedded "Tape Name" metadata from, is the Material Exchange Format (MXF) file. I wonder how far back the metadata linking to essence is possible? Future-Proof online conform with the best known practiced metadat Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:15:00 GMT Sonnyboo Podcast - Making a Movie is like Building a House Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:38:38 GMT Unexpected Disk Failures in Large Arrays My team has recently gotten calls for help from a number of our customers who have relatively new disk arrays (not ours) where the disks are failing unexpectedly. I'll leave brands out of this discussion, but the average age of most of these arrays is less than 12 months. In each case where more tha Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:37:07 GMT THE STRUGGLE FOR 4K Ultra HD THE STRUGGLE FOR 4K Ultra HD By Stu Brown Tech geeks love it. Cinematographers embrace it. Television manufacturers and Internet delivery systems promote it. Post houses try to ignore it. American broadcasters reject it. Studios well, um, will always find a way to profit from it before it becomes co Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:23:14 GMT Beyond the A's and B's of NAB There’s a whole big world out there in post-production-land, and most of it is pretty awesome. When I headed to the NAB Show last week(ish), part of my (personal) mission was to learn a little more about companies I didn’t know much about. Not just ask someone or read some Wikipedia stuff, but a Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:19:27 GMT Creating a visual experience for Fatboy Slim at Coachella Production company creates immersive experience for well-known DJ artist at art and music festival using Adobe Creative Cloud Plastic Reality is a production company known for branding and other video work for big corporate clients such as BP and Unilever. But unlike most corporate video companies, Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:28:23 GMT #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 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