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How Long Should We Expect a Tape to Retain It's Data?
By: Tim Jones on Jun 8, 2015 at 10:38:56 am

Over in the Archiving and Backup-Up Forum, a question came up concerning expectable LTO tape longevity. Apparently there are a lot of folks out there making life expectancy claims that are not based upon any real use data. I'll try to visit what our real world, highly abusive QA lab sees in this post. ...

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3rd Emmy nomination for PETER JOHN ROSS and FRAMELINES!
By: Peter John Ross on Jun 4, 2015 at 12:17:01 pm

FRAMELINES and the Tech Tips just got a 3rd Emmy Nomination! Your faithful narrator has been humbled and honored to receive the nomination for a regional Emmy. The Tech Tips have been a passion project for me for the last few years. ...


Tech Update: DIY 11 & System Recommendations for Video Editing
By: Gary Bettan on May 20, 2015 at 7:59:57 am

We’ve published two new articles on our website that we hope Creative COW members will want to read and bookmark. Our latest DIY build is DIY 11 and it is a creaming fast machine capable of 4K work. Our recommended systems page has been updated to include all the latest guidance for buying and configuring a workstation or computer for video editing. Each of the guides now includes a video you can watch for even more information. http://www.videoguys.com/blog/computer-hardware/videoguys-tech-update-diy-1 1-system-recommendations-for-video-editing/ ...

NLE Worksations

Stepping into the Surgeon's Eyes
By: Greg Ondera on May 6, 2015 at 11:31:53 pm

The First Precept for Shooting Outstanding Surgical Video ...

surgical videography

Roundabout synchronize of AV for multi cam edits: Premiere and Audition
By: Ht Davis on May 2, 2015 at 9:40:50 pm

Premiere... ...Audition... ...They do work together. However, Audition often works on the input for the beginning, or on the audio mix for the end of an edit. By that, I mean it usually creates a single mix to use in Premiere, or it allows you to clean up the audio from a video file, rendering the audio to a preview for use with your edit. ...

Audio Sync

And then I moved to Los Angeles...
By: Kylee Peña on May 1, 2015 at 10:38:53 pm

So, uh, I moved to LA, you guys. ...

editing

Teaser Trailers and Posters
By: Peter John Ross on Apr 26, 2015 at 5:16:50 pm

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Keep Trying; TRIAL CLOSES!
By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Apr 21, 2015 at 10:13:34 am

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Wayne Gretzky Whenever we re working with a customer, it s easy to fall into a habit of merely talking about the product, but never actually trialing a close, asking a customer their opinion of the feature/benefit you ve just shown or explained to them. Trial Closes are Continue reading Keep Trying; TRIAL CLOSES!...

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NAB Diary: Dust Storm
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 15, 2015 at 1:51:12 am

Today was an uncharacteristically windy day in Vegas. The wind created a dusty, almost foggy late afternoon that sent everyone running to the nearest cab or shuttle as they left the convention center for the day. Which is an oddly appropriate metaphor for the way product development seems to be happening for the end user. ...

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NAB Diary: Be Nice
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 14, 2015 at 3:41:38 pm

Yesterday was the first day of the 2015 NAB Show, and appropriately enough I got too busy to write a blog. In fact, I fell asleep in front of my laptop. That pretty much sums up NAB for most people. Especially if they're me. (To my credit, it was well after midnight, and I'm from the east coast. I'm not THAT lame.) ...

nab show

NAB Diary: Pre-show Observations
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 13, 2015 at 1:58:41 am

I spent half of my day at the convention center and the other half aggressively socializing with the entirety of the online post production community. Because of this, I have some observations to make on this NAB Eve. ...

nab show

NAB Diary: Away to Vegas
By: Kylee Peña on Apr 11, 2015 at 8:50:18 am

Fresh off a week of some of the craziest night shift hours I've ever worked, I'm desperately trying to gather myself together (with Bloody Marys applied liberally and responsibly) for an even crazier week ahead in Vegas where I'll again be covering the NAB Show with lots of blogs and articles. (Woo.) I'll be talking to all the top companies and individuals working in video today, gaining insight into where the industry stands and where it's going. ...

Nab show

Finding my Adobe media cache files and clearing up space
By: Lucy Moon on Apr 8, 2015 at 12:06:24 pm

Ran out of disk space today and despite copying off 500GB of video projects, I was still horribly low on space. I suspected the cache from Premiere. ...

disk space

Two Editors, One Adobe Premiere Pro Project File
By: walter biscardi on Apr 1, 2015 at 3:34:26 am

So I ignited a bit of a firestorm on social media a few days ago with a simple tweet. ...

Shared Storage

What is a Producer?
By: Peter John Ross on Mar 31, 2015 at 3:26:55 pm

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IF YOU COULD IMMEDIATELY CAPTURE YOUR CLIENT’S ATTENTION, WOULD YOU? (Because you kinda can!)
By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Mar 31, 2015 at 10:25:50 am

When customers come into your business, they are looking for something. However, in today’s world of constant distraction, it’s rare that their focus is solely on business. They may be annoyed at the bad traffic, they may be thinking about their lunch appointment, or trying to decide if they are really ready to make a Continue reading IF YOU COULD IMMEDIATELY CAPTURE YOUR CLIENT’S ATTENTION, WOULD YOU? (Because you kinda can!)...

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THANK YOU FOR SAYING “THANK YOU!”
By: Douglas Spotted Eagle on Mar 26, 2015 at 9:49:18 am

We provide services to many people, every day. These people have choices. Customers/Clients have more choices today than ever before. That they ve chosen your company, is reason enough  to be grateful for their patronage and opportunity to serve them. EVERY invoice should be followed up with a thank you, within 3-4 days.   We can Continue reading THANK YOU FOR SAYING THANK YOU!...

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Repairs made to WalterBiscardi.com Library
By: walter biscardi on Mar 17, 2015 at 4:37:42 pm

For the past few weeks I’ve been informed by Members that videos in the Library are appearing with the locked “Private” icon from Vimeo. It’s taken me a few weeks to really dig in and investigate and it turns out this all stems from my cancellation of Vimeo Pro. It threw the entire privacy settings for a loop on Vimeo thus locking everyone out of a lot of the library items. ...

Video

Videoguys Tech Select HPz Workstations for Professionals
By: Gary Bettan on Mar 10, 2015 at 7:18:07 am

Videoguys’ Tech Select HP Workstations are custom-configured by our technicians to hit some great price points and still provide you with a machine that we strongly recommend. HP uses only the best components, and these workstations come optimized for digital content creation. They are easily expandable and upgradable which means you’ll get a longer useful life out of them. ...

Workstation

NAB Show 2015: Tips from an NAB Convention Veteran To Make the Best Use of Your Time.
By: walter biscardi on Mar 9, 2015 at 4:39:31 am

The snow is finally starting to melt, well except in Boston, 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.”     ...

NAB

Avengers Trailer Supercut
By: Peter John Ross on Mar 5, 2015 at 11:23:21 am

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How to Succeed in Shooting Pet Portraits
By: Nancy Irwin on Mar 4, 2015 at 1:49:43 pm

A number of photographers have taken to taking pet portraits . However, to succeed in this business, you need to have more than just a love of pets. Actually, it takes great skill, patience and tolerance to become the perfectly- professional pet photographer. Read on to learn more about how to succeed in shooting pet photos: ...


Open Letter to Companies Exhibiting at the NAB Show
By: Kylee Peña on Mar 3, 2015 at 2:18:13 pm

(Or any trade show, for that matter.) ...

nab show

REEL RADIO NETWORK interview
By: Peter John Ross on Feb 28, 2015 at 5:18:59 pm

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Biscardi Creative Media Announces Plans to Move. Current Production Facility for Sale / Lease
By: walter biscardi on Feb 20, 2015 at 6:41:00 am

Biscardi Creative Media Announces Plans to Move. ...

Production

Come to my Gender Equality Panel at NAB 2015!
By: Kylee Peña on Feb 12, 2015 at 10:45:36 am

I just realized I haven't formally invited the entire internet to a panel I'm helping to put together at this year's NAB Show. After reading my Sexism in Post article, Adobe reached out to see how they could help the visibility of women in the industry. Long story short, I've been working on this for the last two months, thanks to Adobe and their cooperation with Post Production World (who are a bunch of super cool people, by the way.) ...

nab

FILMMAKER NUNO SA PESSOA
By: Bob Gillen on Feb 9, 2015 at 12:52:08 pm

Nuno Sá Pessoa, film director at Skookum Films , is a true global visual storyteller. Educated in Denmark, based in Portugal, and working extensively in Brazil and the United States, Sá Pessoa knows firsthand what it means to collaborate internationally. “Cinema, as any other art,” says Sá Pessoa, “should have no boundaries. It’s a global language and the more you know of the world and its people, the easier it is for you as an artist to express what you want in a way that can reach each and every kind of person.” READ MORE......


Learn to "Dance" in 2015
By: walter biscardi on Jan 27, 2015 at 6:51:22 pm

When we rang in the New Year I suggested a Resolution for everyone in a very simple tweet: “For 2015, resolve to take a risk, something you’ve thought about but never thought you’d do. It’s fun.” Lee Ann Womack said it well in “I Hope You Dance.” “I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, Never settle for the path of least resistance, Livin’ might mean takin’ chances but they’re worth takin’” ...


FCPX On Air #11 - How to make multiple VimeoPro custom domain names EASILY
By: John Davidson on Jan 26, 2015 at 3:33:05 pm

Hey herd, ...

vimeo

Why the Academy Awards Matter for Gender Equality in Hollywood
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 15, 2015 at 8:13:52 pm

"I hadn't even heard of that movie until the nominations." ...

oscars

Editing for Social Impact: How I Saved the San Gabriel Mountains
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 11, 2015 at 1:36:12 pm

(Okay, maybe the headline is a LITTLE strong, but I HELPED.) ...

editing

Photographer Trinette Reed
By: Bob Gillen on Dec 11, 2014 at 11:25:55 am

“The unknown is where the good stuff happens,” says photographer Trinette Reed. “Not knowing what you are doing is an integral part of being a good artist.” Visual storytellers Trinette Reed and her partner Chris Gramly are commercial photographers who frequently contribute to the online Storehouse app . Their posts take the form of short stories featuring text, photos and video. Reed offers advice on putting together an engaging story. “I think it is really about finding a balance,” says Reed, “between allowing for the unknown and at the same time being as prepared as possible for your shoot ahead...


Resolve DPX files online Media Composer v8.2 & roundtrip Avid video mixdown MXF
By: Scott Freeman on Nov 29, 2014 at 7:33:01 am

Media Composer v8.2 has DPX linking fun using an AMA-plug-in. Another uncompressed dream come true. ...

digital picture exchange

Black Friday Sales Announced at Videoguys.com
By: Gary Bettan on Nov 26, 2014 at 7:40:30 am

Free Shipping and 5% Off all orders plus a free gift with purchase on orders over $500 now through Cyber Monday http://www.videoguys.com/VideoguysSpecials/This-Weeks-Special.aspx ...

Videoguys

Cecilia Queiroz on Film Festivals in Brazil
By: Bob Gillen on Nov 24, 2014 at 10:23:47 pm

“Most movies we present show a Brazil that few people know.” Film festival curator and manager Cecilia Queiroz has exhibited more than 500 Brazilian films in global markets. Her responsibilities include organizing workshops, networking and pitching with professionals in the film industry at the festivals. READ MORE......


Editing a Web Series: Arson Dogs
By: Kylee Peña on Nov 24, 2014 at 1:28:34 pm

If a thing happens and nobody blogs about it, did it really happen? Of course the answer is no, which is why I'm writing a post about a project I finished editing in September. But there is some freshness to it: it's actually airing nationally(ish) this week. You could have seen it online this whole time, but there's something about a thing airing nationally(ish) that brings a new layer of legitimacy to it. ...

editing

Brazilian Filmmaker Roberto Studart
By: Bob Gillen on Nov 17, 2014 at 6:55:19 pm

“For the action shots I would tie myself to a car with mountain climbing equipment, where I was, literally, one inch from the ground at 60 mph.” Brazilian filmmaker Roberto Studart shot Curvas e Ladeiras, a skateboard adventure about four girls in breathtaking downhill action in the mountain towns of his country. “I love the Curvas e Ladeiras project,” says Studart , “because it was shot in real underground conditions and the end result is so nice. Brazil is a huge country and we were all over the place. We had to carefully plan our logistics to overcome the really...


Movie Clichés - TIME TRAVEL
By: Peter John Ross on Nov 16, 2014 at 11:37:06 am

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Top Secret Post Production Career Tip: Follow Up!
By: Kylee Peña on Nov 13, 2014 at 7:12:33 pm

Here's a hot tip I've been chewing on for a while, especially for younger editors: ...

post production

PRODUCER PONY GAYLE ON “OUTRAGEOUS”
By: Bob Gillen on Nov 13, 2014 at 2:37:11 pm

The reality show “OUTrageous” is the brainchild of veteran producer/writer/filmmaker Pony Gayle. Gayle is developing the show as an interactive web series. What kind of story is she hoping to tell with the project? “A real life story,” says Gayle. “This is a passion project for me. I feel it is important to showcase a series about great women who are part of the LGBTQ community. We are in a historical time with LGBTQ issues at the forefront of the civil rights struggle. Our show will show a slice of our personal investment in this civil rights movement from an everyday...


What Makes the New G-Technology RAIDs w Removable Drives Better?
By: Gary Bettan on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:09:18 am

The G-RAID® with removable drives includes HGST Ultrastar™ Enterprise-class Hard Drives ...

G-Tech

“Leave out the Parts People Skip”
By: Bob Gillen on Nov 10, 2014 at 11:13:08 am

Recently YA author Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) tweeted: Every time you skim a novel, a kitten dies in a paragraph you skipped over. Do you want kittens to die? No. No one does. READ ALL THE WORDS. READ MORE......


ACTION CAMERA OPERATOR ON VIEWPOINTS
By: Bob Gillen on Nov 10, 2014 at 11:05:44 am

Action camera operator and DP Lawrence Ribeiro joins us again ( See his original interview ) with comments on the importance of observing and appreciating viewpoints in camera work. “Viewpoints, in my eyes, are the catalyst to collaboration. Create! “Some years ago the combination of doing Search Rescue, Heli-logging and studying Native American mythology/tracking gave me the eyes to see and feel the land. The wind, clouds, leaves colors, soil texture/impact, sound of the birds…all tell a story and is much more accurate then most modern devices as nature has been around a lot a longer. The ability to observe...


Psssssst.. There's an election coming up.
By: Steve Modica on Oct 27, 2014 at 11:09:33 am

As most of you haven't heard, there's an election coming up next week. It's a mid-term election, so very few people will vote. It means the real hard core extreme groups get to come in and influence, since the moderates don't bother to show. ...

networking

“Apart” Available Now on Amazon
By: Bob Gillen on Oct 21, 2014 at 12:52:51 pm

When Cabe Wray, sixty-one and a business technology salesman, abruptly quits his job and his career, he feels himself drawn to intensify the search for his long-missing twin sister. On the advice of a friend, he hires a documentary filmmaker to create an Internet-based video about the search. The hope—that someone will recognize her and provide answers to her whereabouts. The filmmaker, driven to make this project a success, brings on a young woman friend to help with the production. Her role in the video project quickly deepens, as she becomes the catalyst that forces Cabe to grapple with his...


Shooting Drafts
By: Peter John Ross on Oct 14, 2014 at 7:59:21 pm

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Teach Your Children Well, Teach them Avid
By: Gary Bettan on Oct 13, 2014 at 9:34:29 am

Avid is the NLE tool of choice for Hollywood, Broadcast Television, Film Makers and Post Production facilities. While other NLEs may claim to be used for a few select programs, almost every Oscar and Emmy winning program was cut on an Avid. Being an Avid editor still means something, and if you want your students to have the best real world training and experiences to launch their career, you need to make sure you are teaching them Avid Media composer. I'm not saying it's the only NLE to teach them, I'm saying that if you don't teach them Avid, you...

Avid

The Millennial Video Producer: 6 Things To Know About My Generation
By: Kylee Peña on Oct 12, 2014 at 1:23:47 pm

This week, I've seen maybe a dozen articles about "Millennials". What do they want? Why aren't they buying houses? What brands do they like? Why don't they vote? What's their favorite color? They're mostly all written by people from the Baby Boomer generation, and they're mostly filled with generalizations and assumptions like "all Millennials care about is texting each other." Seriously, that was a comment. Not even a clever burn. Like offensively non-clever . ...

video production

Hyper-local daily programming from London Live
By: Adam Spiel on Sep 28, 2014 at 8:16:01 pm

First new UK television station in 13 years produces local daily programming using Adobe Creative Cloud for teams ...

Creative Cloud

A special Anniversary
By: Steve Modica on Sep 26, 2014 at 11:59:12 am

11 years ago, I jumped in my car and drove to St Paul Minnesota and filed the paperwork to start Small Tree Communications LLC. ...

networking


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