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100th Blogiversary
By: Mike Cohen on Jan 27, 2010 at 3:58:10 pm

I know I tell a lot of stories about the old days, but this doesn't mean I'm 100 years old. Just wanted to get that cleared up for those of you keeping a tally of how many times I mention 1" tape and CMX edit controllers. Now back to our regularly scheduled program, already in progress... For those of you just joining us, welcome to the Mike Cohen Creative COW 100th Blogiversary . "100 blog posts? So what," you might be saying. Well I try to put a little bit of my personality and philosophy into every post. For me it's a big...


Get Connected...Stay Connected
By: Mike Cohen on Apr 3, 2009 at 5:11:48 pm

Who would have believed back in say 1995, that one day we could have a pocket-sized device that makes phone calls, accesses the internet, plays videos, gets e-mail from many accounts, takes pictures and organizes your life? What is this, Star Trek? Why yes, this is Star Trek. Nearly. This week I upgraded from my very handy $50 flip phone to a Blackberry Curve. Why? Because the past 10 days of travel convinced me there is a better way to stay in touch with people besides hoping you have wifi in an airport or a hotel room. Oddly, the more expensive the...


Some of the New Features
By: Abraham Chaffin on Dec 26, 2008 at 11:40:30 am

The COW Blogs have recently come under the microscope and things are being developed to make them a more friendly place and more uniform to the rest of There's been a lot of changes recently away from the Drupal system so I thought I might give you a heads up on some of the new features and the new look of the new and (we hope you agree) improved blog system. Logging In: To log in to the blogs you only need to be logged into the site. Do this by clicking on the SIGN IN button at the...


You may notice a new look here in the COWBlogs
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Dec 25, 2008 at 3:48:19 pm

The other day I mentioned to Abraham how much I disliked our blogs section and how little I liked Drupal, the system we have been using for a while now. He wrote me today and said that he had been at work on the blogs and wondered if I liked what he had come up with. My answer? "Please change over to this system today, Abraham. No need to wait." Kathlyn and I are going to adopt him. Or give him money. The nicest part of this system is that it is custom developed and Abraham has tied it in with our...


Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
By: Brian Maffitt on Nov 26, 2008 at 3:47:08 pm

  May you all pause for a moment to be thankful for health and happiness. Brian ...

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Curtain Up!
By: Brian Maffitt on Nov 14, 2008 at 2:02:01 pm

Hi Folks! I m Brian Maffitt, Renaissance Man. That s not saying anything these days, of course. Most of us have learned to master a startling variety of skills to stay competitive—or if you ask my wife, just to operate the entertainment center. For those of you who don t know me, I m a former actor, Graceland tour guide, and broadcast designer. I created a few After Effects plugins, sold them to Adobe, and co-founded an education company called Total Training. These days, I pretty much spend my time sitting around, eating ice cream, playing video games, and discharging...


To Blog or Not to Blog
By: Mike Cohen on Oct 30, 2008 at 9:23:40 am

I know, I know, the over used line from Hamlet has been beaten to death by writers and marketeers. But I am a writer and a marketeer. Several years ago, once Blog became a commonly used word, I of course started a blog using Blogger. I wrote about my travels, both for work and for fun. My audience consisted of my dad, my brother and my aunt Rita. Thus, when Creative COW made blogs available, I was eager to get started. Initially, I thought I'd write about my early experiences in production. But after a few posts, I had used...


On the Road with a Stranger
By: grinner hester on Oct 28, 2008 at 3:11:05 pm

The freeby gig. We've all done it. Most of the time we are not quite sure why we are doing as we do it and most of the time we are glad we did it later. Such was the case at Lucas School House, a music venue in St. Louis, MO. I was shooting a music video for friend Colin Gilmore of Austin Texas when in walked in the music industry's best known mystery… Beatle Bob. ...


The COW Blogs have a New Look
By: Abraham Chaffin on Oct 18, 2008 at 12:45:14 am

Well now the blogs are becoming part of Creative COW! As many of you have probably noticed changes have been happening all over as we upgrade our look and feel to become more universal throughout the site. The Blogs have long been the red headed stepchild of but no more! We are officially adopting them in and will begin to promote them more heavily throughout the site....

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Sep 19, 2008 at 5:20:08 pm

Well, it s been an incredible ride so far this year: the COW has grown remarkably, with many wonderful new additions to the site, both in the infrstructure of the site itself and the people who now make this site a part of their online home — sadly, there have also been some horrible tragedies on the personal front that have brought solemnity along with the great joy that we find in building the COW. THE GOOD... According to Google Analytics , we will soon exceed 900,000 totally unique users a month — a staggering number when we remember that...

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First entry
By: Roman Gavrilin on Sep 1, 2008 at 2:28:44 pm

Could be the better place to share information with other professionals? ...


Primera Bravo Pro on a Mac
By: Simon Malcolm on Jul 28, 2008 at 3:44:08 pm

I have been using a Primera Bravo Pro on my MacPro for 2 years now. Most of that time i have experienced many problems, however, with perseverance comes the answers if you look long enough. ...


Charismac Discribe Version 6.0.8 Fault
By: Simon Malcolm on Jul 28, 2008 at 3:41:03 pm

I have found that when using Discribe 6.0.8 by Charismac (this is the software that runs the Primera Bravo Pro for Mac) on my MacPro running 10.4.11 the following error can occur. ...


Primera Bravo Pro on Mac (Printer Driver)
By: Simon Malcolm on Jul 27, 2008 at 12:37:01 am

I discovered after much trial, error and pain that the following can occur. ...


Call for Female Writers, Producers, Comedians and Fans. Funny not Slutty is here!
By: Jacki Schklar on May 5, 2008 at 8:59:27 pm

And guys can check it out too... I thought it would be good to have funny content geared toward women in one spot. It looks like a lot of web humor is more guy oriented. Does not hurt to support female comedians, writers, humorists and producers either. There s a social network too if you want to check it out. Click Network! in the nav bar. Please take a look, let me know what you think, join the network and pass it on! Published this sucker this weekend and I still have a lot of work to do, but hopefully you...


My first entry and already I have a call to action.
By: Jeremy Garchow on Feb 3, 2008 at 7:05:57 am

In this day and age many pundits criticize the public for not sacrificing certain aspects of their lives for the preservation of life as we understand it. Pundits also criticize the government for not asking people to help constrict the world s voracious appetite for all things that keep us comfy and cozy. Oil, water, food, medicine, natural resources, energy and all of the natural driving forces of these times for some of which we have a finite supply. Since I am now joining the punditry by writing here and pretending I know something about something, I d like to...


If a blog falls in the woods and there's nobody their to read it...
By: e. eric johnson iii on Jan 22, 2008 at 1:16:18 am

... does it make a sound or have any relevance? ...


Best AirBook Accessory EVER!
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 21, 2008 at 6:49:10 am

Seriously. Check it out. Be sure to click on the image to see a close-up detail. The story comes courtesy of Steve Jobs. His blog and The COW are all the internet you need....


A first message / Una primera entrada en el blog
By: jordi molina on Jan 14, 2008 at 11:46:28 am

Espero que éste sea una primera entrada en el blog. Comprobaremos la regularidad de mi sentido de la responsabilidad....


Whats the time?
By: Rajeev Nedumaran on Jan 12, 2008 at 9:49:44 am

This is my first Blog ever! And creative cow rocks. Many thanks to creativecow and the great team behind it. After effects and Cinema 4D - I have learnt from the many podcasts, posts and tutorials on this site. So, I start with a recent model that I did. I guess its better late than never to start a blog. I hope to use this platform to share my work and tricks that I have learnt over the last few years, All thanks to creativecow! I am sure, 2008 is going to be a rocking year and we will have...

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Diamonds are a girl's best friend
By: Rajeev Nedumaran on Jan 12, 2008 at 9:45:25 am

It is a well known fact that falling in love is bad for your knees! But after a fall you also need to go searching for stones. Since I am too bruised (pronounced as broke) to buy such stones, I decided to make one myself and as usual Cinema4D is my knight in shining armour. So folks, here it is: Happily, my better half loved it, even though she can t wear it! Thanks Cinema4D for making up for all those missed anniversaries and birthdays! Hopefully when I get time during the weekend I will post some workflow checkshots. Have...


Cool Links for August 17
By: Martin Tiller on Aug 18, 2007 at 3:01:30 am

Posted by Martin: After Effects Links: A new white page on Color Management in After Effects. Lightroom Links: Jack Nack at Adobe has some updated Podcasts. Photography Links: Shoot better NOT more says Fololia founder. (Easier said than done I must say...) Photography contest sponsored by Canon. Thanks to Photography Contest for the Heads up! You can win some serious Canon gear with this one! A GREAT post over at photopreneaur about how to get your photography business in the news. Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Links: Bill Hunt again explains his support of Blu-Ray. His thinking has a lot of influence on my...

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(Still) remodeling to serve you better
By: Tim Wilson on Aug 16, 2007 at 6:59:42 am

This is an edit of my post yesterday, noting the newest new interface. We think we re getting warmer. As The Cow s major redesign continues, there will be another tweak or two along the way. One more update: following your requests, we re definitely working on adding support for YouTube, SWF, and more. Note for you text entry folks: that box very slightly overlaps with the right nav, but you ll see that it doesn t get in the way of actually entering the text. As always, comment away! ...

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Alright!!! I'm finally on the COW! (Wow that sounds a little weird!)
By: Martin Tiller on Aug 14, 2007 at 5:40:40 pm

Posted by Martin: Hello! First and Foremost my name is NOT Martin McTiller, but Martin Tiller. Something got written down wrong in the sign up phase. Although admittedly there is some Scottish/Irish from my mother's side. Tiller is Welsh, Ibelieve. I already have a Posted by Martin : ">blog promoting my work at MCT Images but I wanted to share on the COW as well. MCT Images LLC is my digital video and photography company, located in Richmond, Virginia. MCT Images is mostly me, but I also use other freelancers on various projects as the need arises. Through MCT Images...

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Fake Steve Jobs revealed!
By: Tim Wilson on Aug 6, 2007 at 4:52:40 am

I ve made no secret that I think Fake Steve Jobs has the funniest blog on the web, and that he s also a consistently outstanding (and entertaining) source of Apple news and commentary, and uncannily accurate predictions. Today, he unmasked himself as Dan Lyons, a senior editor at Forbes who lives in the Boston area. As that article notes, he was contacted by the New York Times Brad Stone, who d noted strong similarities with the blog Lyons keeps at Forbes. And WHERE did Brad unmask Steve? Why, at the NYT s Bits blog of course. Needless to say,...


iPhone makes the cake...but Apple makes the battery
By: Tim Wilson on Jul 31, 2007 at 6:35:34 am

From Fake Steve Jobs , who remains the absolute best resource for Apple information, and by far the funniest blog on the web:   The nice folks at Sugarcat Cakes sent along this photo of their latest cake creation. They call it the Jesus Cake. Feeds a whole party of hungry geeks, but alas, you can't remove the battery.   You know that you can't remove and replace the iPhone battery yourself, right? Just like the iPod, you have to send it to Apple, and pay $79 plus $6.95 for shipping for them to ship it yourself. On top of...


Google Translate: The internet just got bigger
By: Tim Wilson on Jun 13, 2007 at 12:55:21 am

I m SURE I read that headline somewhere else, but I can t for the life of me remember where. Anyway, this is a very cool Google service that Nora pointed me to. They ve just launched in beta form what I think is their very coolest search tool yet: Google Translate. As they say in their offical blog,  Now, you can search for something in your own language (for example, English) and search the web in another language (for example, French). Or Russian. Or Chinese. Or Arabic. This is so cool! As the authors of this blog entry (there are...


Taking control of your health care
By: Tim Wilson on Jun 11, 2007 at 5:28:15 am

Google s official blog is a must read. Period. I say that Google is on its way to becoming the most important software company on the planet. Even if they turn out not to win every fight, they re setting the terms of the fight. Making every game a home game tilts the odds in your favor. So if you want to see what s coming, here s where you look. Another of the very many blog entries I m behind on is this one from May 23, on taking control, specifically, of your health records . Do you know...


Fun with WWDC predictions
By: Tim Wilson on Jun 11, 2007 at 4:54:00 am

Check this out: The Unofficial Apple Weblog features an AppleScript for opening major WWDC news sites!!!   Anyway, I ve been meaning to get to this for-freakin-ever, but here we are. It s the morning of Apple s Worldwide Developer s Conference. There was a time when this was nothing but code geeks and the like, getting their dev ducks in a row. It has since become a key venue for rolling out products and announcements. Some of these have been development-related (move to Intel), some not (iSight, new flat panels), but increasingly, a good time will be had by...


Clockwork: Still Ticking ... (Crazy long post)
By: Sterling Glass on Jun 6, 2007 at 2:46:49 pm

This is part one of a probable three part post. It s mainly a rant on hardware issues I ve had the last couple of months. The Lappy: I won t mention the manufacturer other than to say it s not a Dell or an Apple laptop. From what I ve read on forums and review sites, this laptop is overall in the 85-90 out of 100 group for cost/performance, yadda yadda. My mobile beast of burden, and the first one I ve ever owned. I prefer to build my own desktops, but building a laptop isn t quite accessible...

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Real blogs for beginners.
By: Peter Ralph on May 31, 2007 at 5:22:20 pm

I mean real beginners. If you have been blogging longer than a week or so please move along there is nothing for you here, you already know this stuff.Actually I ve been blogging a lot longer than a week. But all the blogs I have built in the past have essentially been marketing fluff - blogs designed to promote the idea that you are a great company staffed by real people who care about the same things as your clients do. This model has become very popular especially since the publication of Lovemarks: The Future Beyond Brands by Saatchi CEO...


What else the Green letter told us
By: Tim Wilson on May 7, 2007 at 11:08:41 am

There were a couple of (wholly legitimate) nits I had to pick with Apple s green announcement, but here s something I totally missed until Jason O Grady pointed it out: Apple also divulged a technology advancement currently in development – LED backlight technology .  (His emphasis.) He continues: Backlit LEDs provide higher brightness, significantly larger color gamut (greater than NTSC and EBU) – expanding the range of reproducible hues by as much as 45 percent, lower voltage and emissions. LED backlighting technology is currently integrated in Sony s 40 and 46 QUALIA series televisions. The technology, also called Lumileds,...


Ask a Filmmaker
By: Julia Camenisch on May 3, 2007 at 11:16:05 am

I always thought IMDB was nothing more than a huge listing of people and movies, cross-referenced ad infinitum. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon +Ask a Filmmaker+ . Very cool feature....


Insert catchy, "Hey, I have a blog!" title here ...
By: Sterling Glass on Apr 10, 2007 at 11:55:30 pm

Before I get any questioning looks or inquiries, yes, Sterling Glass is my real name. After getting carded at FedEx a billion times for being mistaken for a business, my first video-based website was titled I was, and still am, surprised that it wasn t snagged up already. I thought that a group of enterprising young filmmakers that wanted to show Hollywood up and not use stage names would ve thought of it first. Anyhoo ... why did I beg and plead with the generous folks at The Cow for this blog? A multitude of reasons. Laziness. What I...


"First Post!"
By: Paul Escandon on Apr 6, 2007 at 9:15:49 am

Well here it goes, my first post on yet another new blog... Thank you, thank you. Please stop your applause. No, seriously. Okay.. While I ve started many blogs in the last 5 years with only a couple remaining (pretty much just personal/family type blogs) I m always a little hesitant to go all out with a new one - but having a blog on Creative Cow was really appealing to me since I have never had a blog primarily devoted to the industry I currently work in and my professional interests - and those are editing, motion graphics, directing, production,...


Hacking Apple TV: Blogs to the rescue!
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 29, 2007 at 7:48:01 am

Hacking was a term originally coined at MIT to descrive such classic pranks as emptying the deans office and reassembling it -- complete with rug -- in the middle of the frozen Charles River. (That illegal software thing is more properly called cracking. ) Hacking Apple TV is an entirely legal activity that makes it truly useful, starting with a bigger hard drive -- child s play for anyone reading this. A blog by the fine folks at offer a fully illustrated tutorial called  Violating my Apple TV warranty in 4 easy steps. Legal yes, warranty-voiding, yes, but seriously, dude....


Oops. Comments now enabled.
By: Eric T. Bliss on Mar 28, 2007 at 6:28:58 am

The 150 or so of you I ve added in the past couple of days may have noticed that the comments weren t working right for you. They re working for everyone now. Moo! Your pal, Bessie...

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New accounts all caught up!
By: Eric T. Bliss on Mar 26, 2007 at 1:14:03 pm

I m thrilled by how many of you want to join ol Bessie at The COWBlogs. The initial stampede came faster than my hooves could send the approvals, but by now, everybody should be all set. New accounts should also be getting approved much more quickly now. If yours hasn t been approved yet, it s probably because you didn t use your real name when creating your account. I ve tried to notify everyone in that situation, and will be activating those accounts as soon as you reply. Any more questions? Swing by the COWBlog Help forum , and...

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Getting your own COWBlog and other FAQs
By: Eric T. Bliss on Mar 23, 2007 at 4:33:54 am

I ve been getting a lot of questions about how people can get their own COWBlogs, so I added a link to the Navigation menu in the upper left. The link says Get a COWBlog. It takes you to the first entry in the Writing COWBlogs FAQ, which has all the details. Speaking of FAQs, Bessie says read em! My boy Timmy did a pretty good job with them. I could have done better, but with the whole COW to run, I have to delegate sometimes. So if you have any questions or suggestions, including telling Timmy how to improve...


Why COWBlogs?
By: Eric T. Bliss on Mar 22, 2007 at 11:30:53 am

What’s a blog? Blog” is short for web log , and it’s just that: a journal of what you find anywhere in the the world: online, at work, even ( oh no! ) in your life. Think of blogs as a cross between a website and a forum. They’re easier to build than a website, and they have a built-in way for people to respond to what you write. Blogs aren’t just popular. They’re exploding : 70 million of them as 2007 begins, and 100 million expected by the end of they year. While hundreds of COWs already have their...

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Computers fear me.
By: Eric Bliss on Mar 19, 2007 at 9:38:37 am

They really do. Computers fear me. For example: this weekend, I had a friend whose computer couldn't get online for the last month. I went over there and looked at it. Since it was the only computer that was connecting wirelessly, I decided to bring my own machine over real quick to check and make sure that the wireless network actually worked. I boot up my own machine, and see that it can connect to the network. So, I turn to start debugging the problem on my friend's machine - and I see AIM's welcome page. Another couple of seconds,...


Now Playing!
By: Eric T. Bliss on Mar 14, 2007 at 11:58:51 am

I, Bessie, love the music of the cowbell as I graze. I also love the sounds of The Grassroots, The Animals, The Crickets, and The Beatles. I know that many of you COWs love music while you graze as well. That s why we started the Now Playing podcast : to talk about music with producers, performers, and more. You ll see that the first episode has already been posted, with more on the way. That s also why I wanted to start the Now Playing forum at The Creative COW. It s still new, but you ll see some...

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Rich Text and WYSIWYG
By: Eric T. Bliss on Mar 8, 2007 at 2:10:15 pm

You can control virtually everything about how the text in your blog looks. The best part is that you can see it all as you compose your blog. Nearly all the features you expect from a word processor are here Easy lists, both numbered and bulleted Bold , underscore , strikethrough , etc. Multiple Fonts and SIZES, and more Select text and press the eraster tool (toward the left of the bottom row) to remove styles Find-replace Smileys What can I say? Bessie loves smileys. A button to paste text from Word that also cleans it up for the web...


The nerd speaks...
By: Eric Bliss on Feb 28, 2007 at 9:11:42 am

Okay, so this is a blog, huh? I suppose that I'm supposed to put all my assorted ramblings on display for all the world, yes? Okay, here goes... ...


Bonjour Blogger
By: David Battistella on Feb 26, 2007 at 9:24:26 am

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