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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. 1-system-recommendations-for-video-editing/ ...

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Hard Drive Failure? There is Hope!
By: Chris Blair on May 17, 2010 at 12:10:24 pm

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The Hollywood OS
By: Tim Wilson on Oct 28, 2008 at 12:08:22 pm

I watched a couple of movies over the weekend where Macs were prominently featured, Independence Day, which holds up better than you might think, and Office Space, which gets funnier with time, and with every viewing. (BTW, I watched Office Space in HD on my DVR. Not on Blu-ray yet, suckas. More on that in another post, but the general rule of thumb is, no format has arrived until Office Space has arrived on it.) Both of these were pre OS X of course, so the screens had our pal the Chicago font prominently on display.    Neither movie featured...


We're Famous
By: Jacki Schklar on Sep 1, 2008 at 3:54:24 pm

Chris Pirillo enjoying Live on his streaming broadcast.Kewl....


Misleading Commercials Burn Me Up
By: Michelle Ligammari on Jul 29, 2008 at 3:49:50 pm

When watching television, I rarely pay too much attention to the commercials, unless they catch my attention.I have seen the "Finally" commercial. At first I was excited, finally a program to speed up my DSL speed. And the download was free. I could not believe my luck. Well, to my consternation, and after downloading the program, I find out, it just scans and shows you just how much junk and garbage you have on your computer. When you go to fix that junk --WHAM!!! you get - in order to continue, you must register. What a misleading commercial it...


Why is there Air?
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 16, 2008 at 9:39:14 pm

I was reminded about our MacBook Air conversations (including the comments on a recent post from Walter) by seeing it as one of the minor stories on the cover of Laptop magazine. So I did some poking around the web to see what platform neutral and PC-oriented pubs had to say about Air. By far the most often-cited reason to love it is how cool it looks, and how much fun it is to use. An undeniable sexiness , says Gizmodo. PC Magazine tested it running Vista under Boot Camp, and says it s hard to pass up. The reviewer at...


Shane makes it look easy
By: Aaron zander on Mar 16, 2008 at 6:51:59 am

Ok, to start, I've been reading about Shane's exploits for a long time on lafcpug here and now on his blog and he's had some interesting rigs involving rubberbands (i seem to remember that was you in a g5 with a rubberbanded set of drives) and now his latest macbeast. Well i've had my mac pro since about a month or so before the octos came out. And Since then I've added a HDD a few times, which started first as a place to put media, than it was a third drive to put music and project files on. then...

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Mending the Heart
By: Aaron zander on Mar 5, 2008 at 3:20:42 pm

this is in response to shane ross, who if you don't know, is a leader for FCP users here and several other major websites. he posted in my previous blog I agree that FCP can work very very well but let me ask you the following questions: Do your computer run on more than a gig of ram, a lot of the ones I work on at the computer labs I work at do not which is a problem. Are your computers built and run to just do that kind of work, or do you have people doing flash, photo...


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...


My broken heart
By: Aaron zander on Feb 20, 2008 at 4:42:44 am

This is something i wrote in another forum about Phenomenon apple s new compositor. it s sad. i trouble shoot fcp daily...actually..a lot more than that. they do such a sh*t job of making apps. really they do. I have NO faith in any major app they release with the spotty work they have done since i got into their proapps fcp 4.5 was THE most stable fcp ever, 5.0 went down the hole, 5.1 showed a resemblance of coming back to ok, and to say that i ve been happy with fcs2 and all that has happened around that...

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NEW SYSTEM: The Apple Thread
By: Shane Ross on Feb 15, 2008 at 10:23:42 pm

Well, I am still awaiting my MacPro. Everything else has arrived: Kona 3 with K-BOX, HD10AVA, RAM, X1900XT Graphics card...heck, I even bought the pieces to the desk I intend to build today. I am discussing the arrival of my machine on this thread on the Apple forums. Trying to build tension, and have fun discussions that aren t meant to solve issues.I ll post desk pics when I get the thing together. I bought various pieces at Ikea, but the design will be unique....


By: Shane Ross on Feb 11, 2008 at 12:34:36 pm

(Freemont Street light show - I was in Vegas this weekend)I am on the verge of buying a new edit system for my next project, so I thought that I d take this opportunity to talk about setting up a good working system. Unfortunately I won t get into exact details on OS versions and QT versions, because that is information that I and others keep closely guarded as this is information we use for consulting. But I would like to explain the general steps and reasons for those steps.First off, lemme get into the specs of the system. This...


MacWorld Best of Show: this killah, crazy NEC monitor. I want at least 3 of them.
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 25, 2008 at 7:56:22 am

Shane Ross hipped me to this. Until he posts his MacWorld ruminations, I ll tell you about it. The Apple Cinema Display is just fine, thanks -- but here s a 30-inch monitor that s faster and brighter, with higher contrast and a wider viewing angle. It can be hardware calibrated - way way WAY overdue for ACD. (Professional monitor? Hmph.) 2560x1600 res, dual DVI including HDCP-encryption and analog inputs, 12-bit LUT... Now throw in automatic backlighting and pixel-level adjustments to ensure uniform color across the screen and across time. Did I mention killah and crazy? It is. Of course,...


MacWorld News Not to Lose, part 5: Magma?! Iomega?!
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 22, 2008 at 5:15:05 pm

Maybe these folks have stayed on your radar, but definitely not on mine. I was going to call this Where are they now? but the story is more Behind the Music. Once you know they re alive it s easy enough to track them down, but unless you re really old yourself, somebody really old needs to explain what the big deal is. Magma was one of the companies we saw as real live heroes back in 1997. This is the year that the Power Mac and its 6 PCI slots gave way to the G3 with, appropriately enough I...


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....


ModBook named Best of Show at MacWorld....
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 18, 2008 at 9:35:32 am, uhm, 2007. It really did make a huge splash at that show: in addition to MacWorld naming it best of show, I love this article from Ars Technica called ModBook Rules MacWorld. It s easy to see why - this is the super cool thing that Apple should have released this year...if not last year...if not before. Yeah, yeah, laptops get all the buzz right now, but I m telling you, tablets have been rocking the PC world for years because for a dramatic part of the laptop market, tablets work so much better. By such a long shot...


The MacBook Air as a Final Cut Pro video editing machine
By: Paul Escandon on Jan 18, 2008 at 8:18:03 am

Everyone is talking about the new MacBook Air that was announced by His Jobsness yesterday at Macworld 2008 in San Francisco. I think you ll find that the majority of people s initial reactions are not glowing and positive as is the buzz with most newly announced Apple products. Yesterday was a far cry from the fan fare surrounding the iPhone announcement last year at Macworld or even all-but-forgotten Mac Mini in 05. I m a professional video editor so I m going to be looking at the product from this specific professional point of view and trying to see...


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