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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.) ...

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By: Peter John Ross on Feb 28, 2015 at 5:18:59 pm


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. ...


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.) ...


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......

A Writer Shapes an Image, a Story
By: Bob Gillen on Feb 5, 2015 at 3:21:54 pm

A writer shapes an image, a story, with words. Other artists create stories that are perhaps more visual, more touchable. Here are several artists who caught my eye this past week. I hope the images inspire your writing....

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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’” ...

Cinema Should Have No Boundaries
By: Bob Gillen on Jan 26, 2015 at 10:28:25 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....

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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." ...


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.) ...


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...

Black Friday Sales Announced at
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 ...


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. ...


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


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: ...

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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 ...


“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......

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. ...


“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


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...


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 . ...

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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 ...

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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. ...


Remixing Cinema with Soderbergh, Spielberg, and Me
By: Kylee Peña on Sep 22, 2014 at 8:32:18 pm

Today, one of my favorite directors, Steven Soderbergh, posted a really great blog about “staging” in film, which is meant to mean how all the elements of a scene work together to tell a visual story. To illustrate his point, he took ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ and remixed it a little: converted to black and white, all music, sound and dialogue removed with a different soundtrack alongside it to help you focus on the staging — the direction, the length of each shot, how the cuts work. It’s pretty much as awesome as you might think, so you should...


Shane Hurlbut, ASC workshop tour review: Mesa, AZ September 16, 2014
By: Malcolm Matusky on Sep 18, 2014 at 4:57:47 pm

Shane Hurlbut, ASC workshop tour review: Mesa, AZ September 16, 2014 ...

Red Bull Media House gives wings to video innovation
By: Adam Spiel on Sep 18, 2014 at 2:38:39 pm

Multi-platform media company produces premium sports, culture, and lifestyle content with help from Creative Cloud ...

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SHORT TAKE - Lumiere Brothers
By: Peter John Ross on Sep 15, 2014 at 1:18:23 pm


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Thomas Edison and the Motion Picture Patent
By: Peter John Ross on Sep 9, 2014 at 5:09:49 pm


Playwright/Actor Andrew Lynch on Death Row Cowboy
By: Bob Gillen on Sep 3, 2014 at 7:03:47 pm

“There are so many ways of creating a story,” says actor and playwright Andrew Lynch, “and I don’t believe one way is better than another. I think it is important to know what works for you. For me, I love watching a film or piece of theatre that makes me think, ask questions and analyze characters long after I viewed it. In my opinion I believe that a strong underlying theme plays a big role in achieving that.” Andrew Lynch co-wrote Death Row Cowboy with Mark McCabe and is coming off several runs acting in the lead role in the...

2014 Adventures - Part 6: Workation
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:46:18 pm

It's now April 2014 for those keeping score at home! 2014 all told will have me going to 9 conferences. Good thing I went to the Jos. A. Bank buy one get two free sale! ...


2014 Adventures - Part 5: A Tale of Two Cities
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:44:12 pm

Salt Lake City really does feel like two separate places. On the one hand you have a convention center, hotels and restaurants like any other city, not to mention some really unique architecture, spectacular scenery in most directions and a bunch of history. ...


2014 Adventures - Part 4: The Walk of Fame
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:29:31 pm

A few weeks to go until our annual diabetes conference in LA. The course director asked about having a live Twitter feed ticker under the main content. This was a technical challenge, solved in part here on the COW: ...

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2014 Adventures - Part 3: It's Only a Flesh Wound (Not Safe For Lunch)
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:58:41 pm

Travel to and from Denver has become pretty routine, as long as Southwest continues its daily 9am direct from Hartford, and USAir keeps its 1:30am redeye to Charlotte. ...

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2014 Adventures - Part 2: AV State of Mind
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:41:04 pm

In early February my itinerary showed Washington DC as the next locale. I use the Tripit app, and sometimes I am not sure where I am going until I get to the airport. Recently I was not sure if I was in DCA or MDW. ...

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2014 Adventures - Part One: Brrrrrrr
By: Mike Cohen on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:25:25 pm

Thus begins a multi-part recap of the past 18 months of my professional life, which has been, needless to say, quite a ride. ...

LTFS and Incompatible standalone and library tape Formats
By: Tim Jones on Aug 26, 2014 at 2:41:51 pm

I've been sitting on this for a while since we uncovered the issue, but there have been no updates in the LTFS world concerning tapes formatted in a standalone drive and those formatted using a library-based solution. Therefore, I'm sharing with you folks. ...


My hopes for IBC this year and a great Labor Day offer from Small Tree
By: Steve Modica on Aug 26, 2014 at 9:04:53 am

I’m heading out to IBC and there are a number of things I hope to see there. Of course, I’ve got customers asking me about SSDs, and engineers working on 40Gb Ethernet and people want to bring it all together. Really, what’s the hold up here? ...


Actor/Producer Sinead O’Riordan
By: Bob Gillen on Aug 21, 2014 at 9:49:45 am

ORion Productions founder Sinéad O’Riordan: “The lack of strong female roles and the hugely competitive nature of the industry inspired me to establish my own production company.” O’Riordan, a Dublin-based actor and producer, works in both theater and film. She recently produced and acted in the Irish tour of playwright William Mastrosimone’s The Woolgatherer and starred in the 2013 indie film The Bible Basher. O’Riordan comments on acting for stage and for film. “Really I would approach both the exact same,” she says, “and apply the same techniques for both. Once I am given a script, be it a theatre...

Time is running out on this fantastic NewTek TriCaster Trade-Up program
By: Gary Bettan on Aug 19, 2014 at 8:02:37 pm

NewTek TriCaster Trade-Up Special! ...


Data choke points and a cautionary tale
By: Steve Modica on Aug 11, 2014 at 12:47:59 pm

During a normal week, I help a lot of customers with performance issues. Some of the most common complaints I hear include: ...


Up Coming User Group Meetings
By: Steve Modica on Aug 11, 2014 at 9:09:39 am

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10Gb and SMB3 really rocks
By: Steve Modica on Jul 30, 2014 at 3:04:19 pm

We got RSS working on our 10Gb cards a few days ago. This is a feature that splits up data coming into the card into multiple queues. Then we can let different CPUS handle pulling in that data and passing it up the stack. We found what we figured we'd find: When we setup multiple streams, we see data in multiple queues. We see more cpus involved in the work, and things go a lot faster. ...


Video Collaboration Tools: DaVinci Resolve
By: Stu Brown on Jul 28, 2014 at 2:42:39 pm

Last Saturday morning, I had the pleasure of visiting Neil Smith, CEO of LumaForge and Marketing Manager, Kahlani Leon, for a presentation of some new video collaboration tools. Neil is not just another ordinary video reseller. He has a background in digital computing that spans decades, having sold the famous Cray computers to the US Government. As a major player within the industry since that time, Neil has a unique perspective on identifying trends, and has managed to assemble his own hardware which is extremely compatible and robust when it comes to hosting today's popular video editing software. Check out...


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