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Are you ready for some 8K?
By: Jeremy Garchow on May 23, 2011 at 10:29:04 am

Sharp and the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation are: ...


Trying out the Panasonic AG-HPX370 on the farm!
By: walter biscardi on Aug 31, 2010 at 8:40:01 pm

We got the opportunity to play with a brand new Panasonic AG-HPX370 HD camera. This camera features the incredible AVC-Intra codec and the price is only around $10,000 with the lens! It's essentially the baby brother of the Varicam, shooting on 1/3" chips instead of 2/3". Fujinon sent us a beautiful wide angle lens to play with as well. ...


Starting the Year Right- Back up, Back-up, BACK-UP!!!!
By: gary adcock on Jan 4, 2010 at 5:39:06 am

OK, now is the time to start fresh,so use this time to back up your work, your files, your important records. Think of it as a spring cleaning, that way everything you do is archived for your protection. Try it, when something fails you will thank me. gary...

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High Definition Medical Video
By: Mike Cohen on Oct 27, 2009 at 7:56:39 pm

No clever title this time. As we have been editing HD projects over the past year we have been collecting sample clips showing surgical and non-surgical training footage. This is just a sample. The Sony HVR-V1U has proven to be a great camera for use in the sensitive operating room environment. It is lightweight enough to hang over an open incision, the battery life is long and the images are astounding. Given the potential negatives of HDV, we have found it to be a robust format with good color reproduction and ease of editing using Premiere. It is a processor hog...

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Film and Digital as Unique Instruments of Artistic Expression
By: Dan Parsons on Oct 22, 2009 at 6:50:44 am

I have often wondered what motion picture audiences would think of film-acquired images if digital imaging had come first. Would the grain structure, the motion blur, the organic judder, and the characteristic soft shoulder inherent in the celluloid medium be lauded, or would these characteristics be labeled simply as artifacts? Would, for instance, the limited dynamic range and sharpness of the digital format be viewed as necessary characteristics to be duplicated or mimicked in film, or would they have been seen, from the beginning, as an artifact to be eliminated by means of research and development. Would film have even...


FSI Monitors feature loaded.
By: walter biscardi on Mar 31, 2009 at 6:04:06 am

I spent the day at the FSI offices last week getting a chance to really chat with Dan, Bram and Johan about the monitors and learning about all the features. Their offices are also in the Atlanta area so I took the opportunity to get some instruction on these monitors at their offices. I knew these things were full of features but I didn't realize just HOW many features and how much end user control they have. I really don't expect the feature set at the price point, but these guys are doing it and it's great for all of us...


HD Dual Link to 3G Converter
By: walter biscardi on Mar 31, 2009 at 4:30:12 am

If anyone out there needs / wants a Dual Link to 3G Converter, AJA Video Systems has a nice little mini-converter out there. What's 3G you say? The replacement for Dual Link HD. Instead of two cables, you get the full 3G HD signal down one cable. I honestly had never heard of it until we ordered our new Flanders Scientific monitors and they were talking about how their monitors offer only 3G and not Dual Link because Dual Link will be replaced in the near future....


Another INSANE camera
By: Tim Wilson on Jan 17, 2009 at 5:50:43 am

The Nikon D90 and, even moreso, the Canon EOS 5D MKII, are shaking things up with their ability to record short bursts of VERY high-quality 1080p HD video, using a full-size 35mm sensor. Of course, digital cameras that also record video have been around for years in the consumer world, and many of them are quite good. This reflects 2 important truths: many of the most important professional tools are evolving UP from consumer cameras (HDV anyone?), and that the best place to see the *future* of the tools you use is CES. I've got a bunch of things to note...

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New Television Pilot Completed
By: walter biscardi on Nov 28, 2008 at 4:14:31 am

Editorial has been completed on the new business television pilot developed by Biscardi Creative Media, ideaWercs and Arriving with BB Webb. BCM Principal Walter Biscardi, Jr. served as Director, Editor and Post Production Supervisor on this project. Additional credits include Brian Mead for logo design, Aaron R. Stewart for graphics design and Brian Little for opening title design. The episode was produced in 720p HD. More details will be provided as the series moves towards full production of Season One....


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...


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....


BCM completes new Good Eats Animation
By: walter biscardi on Oct 7, 2008 at 2:54:40 am

BCM has completed a new historical animation for Good Eats with Alton Brown on the Food Network. Artists Walter Biscardi, Jr., Aaron Stewart and Brian Mead worked closely with Alton Brown and producer Dana Popoff to create the latest in a series of historical animation that have been created for the Good Eats. This time it's a look at crackers, which have a surprisingly interesting story to tell! Animated by Biscardi in 720p HD, the one minute animation will appear in an upcoming episode in Winter 2008. Tools used: Photoshop, After Effects, Canon 30D camera, Crackers....

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BCM color grades "Keepsake" for Stormcatcher Films
By: walter biscardi on Oct 7, 2008 at 2:52:40 am

BCM has completed all color grading for the feature film, Keepsake from Stormcatcher Films. Shot on location in Virginia, the film was Directed by Paul Moore and shot over a 24 day period. D.P. Todd Gilpin did an incredible job with setting up the look of the film. He created a very rich canvas from which Colorist Walter Biscardi, Jr. was able to create an incredible palette of color. Biscardi worked closely with Moore, Gilpin and Producer Scott Tanner to bring out the gritty details and haunting images of the fight for survival. Keepsake is the first feature film project...


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...


Wireless HD to your TV
By: walter biscardi on Jul 23, 2008 at 8:10:27 am

Sony and Samsung announce a wireless HD signal that would send HD signals to multiple TV's in your home from a single box. But Sony is also involved in another effort to achieve the same goal. Wonder if the signals will ever been good enough for smaller Post houses like mine to send signals wirelessly to our production monitors. that would be pretty cool actually!


By: Shane Ross on May 7, 2008 at 11:25:40 pm

My producer from The Mexican American War and Andrew Jackson is teaching a 4 week workshop. Time permitting I might see if I can pitch in when it comes to the editing phase. Anyway, here is the press release for this event: HISTORY/DISCOVERY Channel Producer to conduct summer HVX-200/Final Cut Pro workshop at LA s Citrus College LA’s Citrus College of the Performing Arts is conducting a 4-week summer INTRO TO PRO HD workshop with Emmy-winning HISTORY/DISCOVERY Channel writer/producer/director Jim Lindsay. One of LA’s best-kept secrets for arts education, Citrus has been the home of the Grammy Foundation’s summer “Grammy...


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"...


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...


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...


Capturing HDV as ProRes...via Firewire
By: Shane Ross on Jan 12, 2008 at 9:41:37 am

Before I go into this, if you haven t read Chris Poisson s article here at the Cow on how to capture HDV as ProRes 422 via firewire please do so now. I ll wait. ght, let s talk about what I am doing now.I have been hired to edit a 5-10 min Teaser for a documentary...a teaser that will be used as a fund raising tool to solicit more money to finish shooting and editing this documentary. This documentary was shot on HDV at 1080i 29.97 using the Sony VU1 HDV camera...with another one as b-camera, and at one...


By: Shane Ross on Oct 27, 2007 at 2:23:37 am

Quite a bit ago, back on August 3, 2007, Alpha Dogs in Burbank CA had what they dubbed the HD LCD Monitor Shootout. This was a comparison of many HD LCDs...all presented side-by-side in a proper gray room, all showing the same footage...for people to look at and judge for themselves what is the best HD LCD.The models displayed were:TV Logic LVM 240DFront NicheJVC DTV 24L1DTeranex ClearVueDIT DTS-OR23.NS4DIT DTS-OR23.NS3eCinema DPXPanasonic BTLH2600WSony LMD-2450WHD Now, the eCinema wasn t an HD LCD, but is what they call the CRT Replacement. And it wasn t quite ready yet...the demo model didn t dislay...


I saw Walter Biscardi in HD!
By: Tim Wilson on Oct 11, 2007 at 6:07:45 am

To be specific, my cable system just added the HD feed of the Food Network. Walter handles the HD editing, color grading for Good Eats, among the most popular shows there. Walter also handles both HD and SD animations for Good Eats, among the most distinctive parts of the show. Wally and I have the Red Sox postseason to thank. Okay, and to a much, much, much lesser extent, the Yankees, Cubs and Phillies. The Red Sox were pioneers of local sports programming - among the very first to own their own cable network (New England Sports Network, NESN), the...


Jonathan Demme's "Man from Plains" Premieres, BCM provides assist
By: walter biscardi on Sep 8, 2007 at 4:11:30 am

SUGAR HILL, GA9/8/2007 Jonathan Demme s new documentary, Man From Plains , about former President Jimmy Carter had its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 7th, 2007. The film received a two minute standing ovation and will next be presented at the Toronto Film Festival with the Carters in attendance on Monday, September 10th. The film is an intimate two-hour portrayal of the 39th President set against the backdrop of Carter s Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid book tour. Biscardi Creative Media, located just outside Atlanta, Georgia provided extensive production support for this project working with Producer Gary...


Biscardi Facility overhaul with Bob Zelin
By: walter biscardi on Aug 18, 2007 at 2:46:45 am

So I just have to pass along this wonderful experience we ve had and it really underscores the tremendous community we have here at Creative COW. For about a year I ve been contemplating an upgrade to our facility to make it more efficient. When I started in 2001 I had one edit suite and hoped to add a 2nd one at a later date. In 2003 we expanded to that 2nd suite and I was eventually able to get a full sized rack unit to hold all my tape decks, my computer and some storage. It worked pretty well...


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...


HDTV - the home experience
By: Mike Cohen on Jul 5, 2007 at 6:02:42 am

I am spending this week with my parents in Florida. As a good semi-retired couple they dutifully purchased a 60" Sony rear projection LCD tv upon moving into their new home. Perhaps the problem is Comcast digital cable, but here are my observations: 1. There are not many HD channels. 2. On the HD channels, not all of the content is HD. 3. Some commercials are in HD and look awesome. Local commercials and most national spots are non-HD with crappy sound. This is not a criticism of commercial producers, but merely an indication that HD has not fully taken...


Apple's Color, my thoughts
By: walter biscardi on Apr 17, 2007 at 6:40:52 am

On Sunday, April 15 at the NAB Apple Event, I fully expected to see the application formerly known as Final Touch re-released under the Apple name. What I did NOT expect was for the product to re-christened Color and for the application to simply be given away as part of the new Studio 2 package. A little history here. Final Touch was the brainchild of Silicon Color and was positioned to compete against the likes of daVinci, a very high end color correction tool used for broadcast and feature films for years. Generally a daVinci session goes for anywhere from...


Walter Biscardi's NAB 2007 Schedule
By: walter biscardi on Apr 13, 2007 at 5:25:41 pm

Well folks, NAB 2007 is upon us and I hope to be able to meet some of you. So if you re going to Las Vegas, here is where you ll definitely find me! Sunday April 15 - Apple Event AM, Panasonic Event PM Monday April 16 - AJA Booth all day, Booth SL6113 directly across from Apple. Tuesday April 17 - AJA Booth AM, Booth SL6113. Creative Cow booth PM, Booth SL2626. Between Adobe and Grass Valley (on your right as you walk to the Apple booth.) Wednesday, April 18 - Presenting HD Finishing in Final Cut Pro as...

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Yes, this is the Animation Process
By: walter biscardi on Mar 28, 2007 at 7:53:16 pm

So as many of you know, in addition to being an editor and owner of Biscardi Creative Media, I m also the animator for the Food Network s Good Eats. As such, most of our animations are based on food or food history. Now generally I rely on clip art / artwork books, websites like and along with my own photographs of headshots and hands to pull together the necessary elements for the script. But there are times when you just have to take matters into your own hands. Take our latest animation for example, it referenced a...

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Even Network QC gets it wrong sometimes.
By: walter biscardi on Mar 23, 2007 at 7:42:01 pm

So I ve been dealing with several issues with an international network that has a primarily European distribution area. We seemed to have everything worked out this morning and suddenly I get a notice from QC that our audio was suddenly rejected as being 8db too hot. 8db too hot! I m completely dumbfounded. How can audio on this show, which was professionally mixed, be 8db too hot? We ve already delivered three episodes and each passed QC with flying colors and suddenly we screwed up this big? Of course I check the timeline first and foremost. Tone is -20db,...


Apple TV shipping!
By: Tim Wilson on Mar 21, 2007 at 5:32:13 am

CNN reports  that Apple has started charging credit cards for the shipment of Apple TVs. They continue, Analysts say it s likely to sell well initially. Wow. You think so? The same analysts believe that Apple has taken pre-orders for more than 100,000 units, and, well, since I read it on the internet, it must be true. Blog pioneer (he was doing it 10 years before blogging had a name) Dave Winer reports that one of his readers says he got a notice from Apple that his has actually been shipped. I got Dave s link from NewTeeVee, who quotes Dina...


Internal vs. External RAID
By: walter biscardi on Mar 13, 2007 at 8:24:22 pm

So a recent thread in the Creative Cow Final Cut Pro forum about Internal vs. External RAID's got me thinking more about the subject. I'm a firm believer in external RAID's and really don't have any desire to install 3 or 4 drives inside my Mac Pro tower. Let's think about this. Companies like LaCie, Ciprico, Medéa, CalDigit, Facilis and others spend a lot of time in research and development to produce storage solutions that are not only fast, but reliable. Every board, every drive, every switch, everything about that storage solution has been drawn up, assembled and tested by...


Ready for my "Good Eats" closeup
By: walter biscardi on Mar 9, 2007 at 6:21:49 am

At long last, my Creative Genius will be unleased on national television. I will be appearing as the Negative Guy in a scene to be shot Friday, March 8, 2007 for an uncoming episode of Good Eats on the Food Network. The scene will actually be a family affair as my mother-in-law, father-in-law and brother-in-law are all in the scene with me along with my current edit assistant, Aaron. It should be a lot of fun and hopefully I ll have some photos to post in the next few days. Can t tell you the episode details yet, but as...


Firewire issue with Panasonic AJ-HD1400
By: walter biscardi on Mar 7, 2007 at 5:23:11 am

We've discovered an audio issue when using the Panasonic AJ-HD1400. A high end "crackle" is being added that sounds somewhat like sizzling bacon or crackling cellophane when laying back to tape via Firewire. I honestly can't hear it as I have a hearing loss in both ears, but the fine folks at CineFilm in Atlanta who convert our DVCPro HD masters to HDCAM heard it and alerted us. ...


A tapeless world
By: Barend Onneweer on Mar 5, 2007 at 5:44:43 am

The following is a republished blog entry from my own company website. ...


From the Edit Suite
By: walter biscardi on Feb 28, 2007 at 6:46:45 pm

I have a blog now, so I thought I would take you guys and gals into the Edit Suite and let y'all know what we're working on at Biscardi Creative Media. ...

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