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DVDs not quite dead yet.
By: walter biscardi on Sep 3, 2010 at 6:01:58 am

Ok, not a new record for many of you out there, but I think it's amusing with so many discussions all around the Creative Cow about how "tape is dead," "DVD is dead" "BluRay is dead" here we are purchasing a bunch of equipment for quick turnaround DVD production. We cranked out 400 DVDs in one day. The assembly line production here yesterday was pretty fun to watch. I called them "My Minions." ...


BluRay BluRay BluRay!
By: walter biscardi on Aug 31, 2010 at 8:26:25 pm

All of a sudden we're creating a whole lotta BluRay discs these days. NTSC and PAL for screenings all over the world. Sounds like many film festivals are now accepting BluRay discs as a playback format and of course, it's a lot cheaper to do one of these than an HDCAM tape. ...


For your Netflix Delectation
By: Tim Wilson on Aug 30, 2009 at 8:54:51 am

One of my favorite Netflix features is that you can stream movies in your queue. Add this one to your queue so that you can start streaming it to your computer right now: Henry Poole Is Here. The trailer's vibe makes it seem wacky...but it's not. The music is all wrong, NOTHING like the music in the movie. But it might still give you some idea: it's slow, quiet, lyrical, a little sad, and very sweet, about what you might find at the end of your rope. And you can start streaming it now. I gotta tell you. We've really gotten...


Blu-ray feeling blue?
By: Tim Wilson on Jun 25, 2009 at 12:35:11 pm

As a guy who regularly talks about trends in media consumption and distribution, allow me to make the observation that people who talk about trends in in media consumption and distribution are idiots. Including me. We're hardly ever right about anything. However, money talks. DVD buying peaked between somewhere around 2007, and has been trending downward since then. While Blu-ray buying is on the rise, it doesn't amount to much in the overall video buying world - certainly nowhere near enough to compensate for the decline in overall DVD sales. Says a senior analyst at Screen Digest , "We don't expect...


Adobe Encore CS4 still exhibiting "Project Created In Windows" errors on Mac
By: walter biscardi on Apr 10, 2009 at 7:57:32 am

This problem has been around at least two years since we started using Encore CS3. Create an Encore BluRay Project on a Mac. In our case, a Mac Pro Octo 3.2 machine running the latest OS, Quicktime and Encore CS4. Save that project. Open the project on a second Mac that contains the BluRay burner. In our case a Mac Pro Quad 3.0 machine running the latest OS, Quicktime and Encore CS4. Get the error message, "This Project was created in Windows and cannot be opened." I posted a query in the Cow Adobe Encore forum, but no responses so far. I'll let you...


My review of Telestream Episode Pro is up
By: walter biscardi on Feb 27, 2009 at 6:20:32 pm

I had the opportunity to really give Telestream's Episode Pro a test drive recently and I was pleasantly surprised at the results. Details here!

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River Blindness Introduction delivered on BluRay disc
By: walter biscardi on Nov 28, 2008 at 4:13:58 am

Biscardi Creative Media recently delivered an introductory project for an upcoming feature-length documentary about River Blindness disease. Produced by Gary Strieker and Cielo Productions, the project was a 10 minute overview of what the disease is and a brief look into some of the preventative measures being implemented by The Carter Center. The presentation, "The Crab and the Fly" was shot in 720p HD in multiple locations in Africa and Latin America over a two year period. Editorial was performed by Aaron R. Stewart and the final presentation was delivered on 1080i BluRay disc using BCM in-house BluRay authoring &...


Blu-ray and the Big Bag of Hurt; or, why no Blu-ray for me...again
By: Tim Wilson on Nov 25, 2008 at 9:20:40 am

When Steve Jobs called Blu-ray a big bag of hurt, he was being asked why the new MacBooks have no Blu-ray drives. His answer spoke to the cost of licensing the hardware. When his lieutenant Phil Schiller chimed in, HE was speaking about Blu-ray content when he said that the iTunes Store and Apple TV was the right way to deliver HD. Steve knows how much a Blu-ray drive costs to license, so I'll take his word for it. I won't bust Phil too badly as an individual, because lordy knows he's not the only one to think that Blu-ray's...


First sub-$200 BluRay player
By: walter biscardi on Nov 25, 2008 at 4:30:35 am

Saw my first sub-$200 BluRay player yesterday, a $179 Sylvania model at Costco.  I'm still partial to the Samsung 1500 unit for about $270, but what a cool evolution from $1,000 just last year to only $179 for a BluRay player.  Now you have no excuse not to get one!!  I honestly have a hard time watching DVD's now since we got the BluRay player last year.  Especially when it comes to the Pixar films which are just ridiculous on BluRay. Happy holidays! ...


Assignment Earth Season One BluRays completed
By: walter biscardi on Oct 7, 2008 at 2:56:20 am

BCM has completed all BluRay disc production for Season One of "Assignment Earth," airing nationally on PBS stations. Assignment Earth covers environmental and wildlife stories from the front lines around the world. Lead by Producer Gary Strieker, the series has traveled to Mexico, Thailand, China and Africa in just the first season bringing back stunning 720p and 1080i High Definition footage. Artists Walter Biscardi, Jr. and Aaron Stewart teamed up to create the first 5 episodes on BluRay disc, bringing the full quality of the original shows to the home viewer. The entire series is being self-published at BCM's facility....


Creating BluRays on a budget - Part 2 (DoStudio)
By: walter biscardi on Sep 17, 2008 at 3:35:09 am

Well, we've got our HP workstation up and running with DoStudio's Trial Version now installed.  The Trial version is the complete application with only the commercial replication features turned off. First impressions are this thing is definitely NOT DVD Studio Pro or Encore.  This is a very serious tool along the lines of Apple's Color compared to the 3 Way Color Correction filter in Final Cut Pro.  There is a learning curve as a lot of programming is manually done rather than simple drag and drop type of operations.   This feels more like a professional authoring tool and less...


Creating Commercially Replicatable BluRays on a budget - Step 1
By: walter biscardi on Aug 25, 2008 at 4:33:18 pm

So many of you have read of our failings with Adobe Encore trying to create BluRay discs.  Today we start a new chapter in BluRay authoring by transferring all our needs to NetBlender's "DoStudio."   NetBlender has instituted a really neat month to month licensing option that's approx. $250 per month to use the software.  This is truly a month to month deal.  So I can activate it for September for $250 and then sign up again in December.  There's no extra fees, nothing.   They have several plans for 6 months, 12 months or you can outright purchase the...


BluRay launches 3 documentaries for 2009
By: walter biscardi on Jul 24, 2008 at 8:23:43 am

I'm really happy to report publicly for the first time that we'll be providing all post production for 3 feature length documentaries that are currently destined for major film festivals and network HD broadcast in 2009 and 2010.   We can trace at least part of this announcement to our investment in BluRay and in-house self-publishing of the high definition discs. Yesterday a sample 9 minute version of the first of the three proposed documentaries was presented to the Carter Center here in Atlanta.   Among the people present were both hollywood executives and an executive of an international television...


Adobe Encore Button Routing still not correct for BluRay
By: walter biscardi on Jul 12, 2008 at 4:38:22 pm

7 months into our BluRay authoring experience with Adobe Encore and button routing still does not work correctly in the BluRay mode.  We're trying to create a very simple Chapter Selection menu, but no matter what we do, the last button in the menu is always auto selected when you choose the menu and when you want to return to the Chapter Menu, you can't, you always go back to the Main Menu. We notified the head of the Encore team of this issue on May 28th and also notified him that we had a July 1st deadline for 5...


How to Label DVD-Rs 2008 Edition
By: Noah Kadner on Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18:42 am

This question comes up a lot- how does one label a DVD-R? I would never use a print on inkjet disc- because they smear with just a droplet of moisture nor stick on labels because they peel and jam. Instead- I'd go for one of three technologies- depending on budget and how professional the labels need to look: 1. Sharpie. This is cheap as dirt and works like a charm for sending to replication houses and for internal backups. But not so much given to clients- looks decidely ghetto for that... 2. LightScribe - this is a type of DVD...

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Blu Ray Authoring and Design: HDMV & BD-J Authoring Tools
By: eric pautsch on May 29, 2008 at 9:29:26 pm

After dusting myself off from Toshiba's HD DVD implosion earlier this year, I've been lucky enough to work on several Blu Ray projects. At first, it wasn't easy. For me, with several years of web and DVD authoring experience, HD DVD was cheaper and easy to understand. It was just an extension of several proven technologies. However, the Blu Ray spec was completely different. It was new, untested and quite frankly, too expensive to allow independent developers like myself an admission ticket. In our office, Blu Ray was voodoo. We often joked about what to feed the elves that lived...


Adobe Encore Flash Build does not work on the Mac
By: walter biscardi on May 15, 2008 at 4:12:57 pm

Well we thought we had things starting to go well with Encore after we figured out that the buttons would turn into blobs and figured out a workaround, but alas, more things just don't work. One of the supposed really cool things about Encore is the ability to build your entire DVD in Flash. This allows you to upload a working version of the DVD in a flash based format for a client review. Well, we've tried this multiple times on both our Mac Pro Quad 3.0 and our new Octo Core 3.2 and all Encore does is build maybe...


Encore buttons turn into blobs
By: walter biscardi on May 8, 2008 at 3:20:58 pm

Looking for a little help here from folks familiar with Encore. Creating a custom menu in Photoshop using one of the stock Encore Menus as a template. Got nice looking icons in the Photoshop file, but they turn into blobs when they get into Encore. See below. So here's how the menu appears in Photoshop. Notice the icon next to "Original Songs for Projects" is a nice bow and arrow icon and you can see the file naming structure to the right is correct from Encore. So now look at the button as it appears in the Preview Mode in...


Warner Bros tilts High Def DVD's to Blu-Ray
By: walter biscardi on Mar 20, 2008 at 4:41:14 am

The New York Times reports that Warner Brothers has now lined up in Blu-Ray DVD corner effectively giving the Sony format about 70% of the high definition DVD market. They'll continue to release movies on both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray until May and then switch exclusively over to Blu-Ray. This leaves Universal and Paramount along with Dreamworks as the only major studios backing HD-DVD. As a production company that had to jump into Blu-Ray production in support of one of our clients, this is welcome news for us. I have to say, if you have not seen Pixar's "Cars" and "Rattatoule"...


Coupla quick Blu-ray links
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 14, 2008 at 3:50:38 am

I'm working on a follow-up to my large-ish article on the landscape following the surrender of HD DVD. In the meantime, here are a few links to my favorite articles so far. Consumer Reports:  Is your Blu-ray player obsolete?  Don't answer so fast. Check it out. TGDaily: Blu-ray players hit 2008 high prices as competition dwindles . You saw this coming, right? Reuters: Microsoft says no Blu-ray for Xbox 360 . I wrote earlier that this was likely coming, but now that I think about it, MS never ever positioned Xbox as a video playback platform. It's a gaming platform...


Blu-ray drives in MacBooks soon, or...
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 2, 2008 at 7:52:18 am

...or so some observers believed in 2006!  This was upon the news of the second laptop to include Blu-ray drives, this one from Dell. And why not? When Apple joined the Blu-ray Disc Association in 2005, they said they were committed to promoting the format. Seen anything to back that up since then? Anything? I think Dell makes better computers than a lot of people think, and you certainly have them to thank for the idea of truly custom configurations and computer sales over the internet, both of which they practiced years before many others did. But their stuff is...


Blu-ray and HD DVD: The Big Dog gets off the porch
By: Tim Wilson on Feb 20, 2008 at 6:11:54 am

(Howdy to everyone who came here from any links after April 2007. Rather than edit this to reflect how things have gone since then, I created a new blog entry that you can find here.   Other than this note, I've left the original entry unchanged when I wrote it. Interesting to see what I was right about, and what I was wrong about. One thing we were ALL wrong about, that the war would go on for another couple of years. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I've not seen one single prediction before January 2008 that Blu-ray, which...


More thoughts on the format wars: Image quality
By: Tim Wilson on Feb 20, 2008 at 6:04:36 am

I had a lot of fun writing the "The Big Dog Gets Off the Porch" article for the newsletter. (Check out my blog post on the topic too.) It took a TON of research, though, and I found a lot of things I just didn't have room to use. It also made me think about some things -- new stuff as well as stuff that's been kicking around forever. So here we go... This was never about image quality. Sort of. There were many comparitive issues that factored into the victory, and they never had anything to do with which...


Hello Apple! BluRay is the Winner! How about it?
By: walter biscardi on Feb 18, 2008 at 6:52:47 pm

Hello Apple Engineers! Word is Toshiba is dropping HD-DVD. BluRay is the winner by a knockout! So how about including BluRay authoring support in DVD Studio Pro now? I mean hasn't Apple been on the BluRay side of things since the format was announced? Doesn't Compressor already create files for both HD-DVD and BluRay? Don't BluRay burners for the Mac already exist? Why am I asking so many questions? For some reason, despite Compressor supporting BluRay and HD-DVD, despite BluRay burners being available for the Mac, despite Apple supporting the BluRay format (how I'm not sure), we can't author BluRay...


Links to update your BluRay or HD-DVD Player!
By: walter biscardi on Feb 1, 2008 at 6:58:14 pm

Amazon has put together a nice links page to update your HD-DVD and BluRay players. If you don't already know, many machines require firmware updates to be able to play the latest discs, particularly the recordable discs, such as BluRay BD-R discs. If your machine won't play that latest HD disc, check to see if there's an update for your machine. 1000192641&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=special-node-offers-2&pf_rd_r=1Z4X 3ZCR0NACN0A0T70Q&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=360005701&pf_rd_i=B000Y5JFNY...


DiscMakers Medley a so-so DVD Replicator / printer
By: walter biscardi on Jan 29, 2008 at 5:21:25 am

For those of you who followed my blog about the issues with the Primera Bravo II DVD Replicator printer, you know that I purchased a DiscMakers Medley unit to replace it. Well, while DiscMakers claimed the print quality of this unit would be equal to the Bravo II, in reality it isn't. This is disappointing because they both feature the same printing unit from Lexmark. The difference appears to be in the Bravo II drivers as there are many more options available to the user to achieve incredibly sharp text and good solid colors. What was printed as a...


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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Blu-Ray Players, shop wisely
By: walter biscardi on Aug 17, 2007 at 7:08:51 pm

Hi all. We're entering the wonderful world of Blu-Ray authoring and with it, we've discovered that not all Blu-Ray DVD Players are created equal. To author our discs, we have to use BD-R media, as in Blu Ray Disc Recordable. We're using Sony Discs and to my surprise, my $999 Sony Blu Ray player does NOT support BD-R. Worst part about it is we purchased this machine two months ago, it's been used a total of one hour, and Best Buy will not let me exchange it for a machine that does support BD-R. I even said I don't care...


By: Peter Berghammer on May 7, 2007 at 11:11:58 am

Before I begin my foray into the world of blogging I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to Ron & Tim for their efforts in getting me situated with the Cow. I look forward to the many blogs ahead and hope that some of you may find the information at least useful, and at best challenging. Although I have a fairly broad portfolio in the areas I write about, and areas researched, I believe that there are always some common factors or themes that run throughout the electronics, entertainment, tech, legal and economic communities - and the way in which...

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