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The Brainweb is coming
By: Fernando Mol on Sep 3, 2010 at 10:54:35 am

As more and more HTML5 tags are implemented we seem to get closer to the Semantic Web. I wonder how the web standards would have to change to achieve the next step: The Intelligent Web. ...


I learnt a new word yesterday and it will change this industry. What is it? Read on....
By: Peter Wiggins on Nov 26, 2009 at 3:33:06 pm

If you wanted a new logo for your company, how would you go about getting it designed? Maybe a few scribbles on the back of an envelope and then pass it onto a friendly graphic designer? Then you would get presented with five rough designs and you choose the one you like. Sounds fine, but maybe you don't like any of the designs, no wow factor, no instant favourite, no pride in getting that business card out of your wallet. So what do you next? use another graphic designer? etc. etc. OK, here comes the new word: Crowdsourcing You have to...


It's About the Story
By: Ken Harper on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:30:08 am

What we need to remember is that at the end of the day what we do as editors is tell stories. It is our responsibility to connect the client and the target viewer with a clear and focused message, because every story has the power to bring about change. Change to the audience and the world around us. We need to make sure that our clients message is understood, and that the viewer is moved to action....

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Fertile Ground for Advertiising
By: Ken Harper on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:22:56 am

There is little doubt that the internet is fertile ground for advertising. It is hard to find a link or page that doesn't have an ad or pop-up. Videos are the next big trend but targeting them to your market can be hit or miss. Research is indicating a way to maximize your reach through the blogger community. Here is a link that explains this well. blog-referrals/ What do you think?...

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Redefining Broadcasting
By: Ken Harper on Feb 19, 2009 at 11:22:11 am

During the last 3 decades there have been 3 major innovations that have reshaped and expanded the reach of broadcasting. The first was a Community antenna that would redirect transmitted signals to areas with poor reception bringing television to remote areas. This simple concept led to the second advance by opening a door for future "broadcasters" like ESPN to enter millions of homes without the huge cost of a transmitter and antenna. The third is broadband internet. Websites like YouTube and Google video are giving people the ability to communicate ideas and messages to millions of views around the world....

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Footastic Holidays for Everyone
By: Jacki Schklar on Dec 29, 2008 at 6:02:26 pm

Footastic Theatre has been a really fun way to work and network with different talent. Assorted combinations of writers, shooters, and talent for each one. Fun to shoot too! We have 7. I was going to end this at 10 but it appears that plenty of people want to play, so we'll keep going for a bit. Bring in the new year with some Footastic fun! Promo for the Grease ep- thernjewishprincess Our Christmas Episode- -better-christmas-from-southernjewishprincess And this Halloween ep did very well as Internet Video Magazine's Video of the Week and it was #1 top User Pick out of...


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

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


Footastic Theatre - A Study in Web Video Production
By: Jacki Schklar on Aug 30, 2008 at 1:57:07 pm Above is the link for the first two episodes in my weird little new web series, Footastic Theatre. This is a study in producing for web as opposed to producing for video and encoding down to share. The premise is really short amusing engaging scenerios. Video crack. Watch one and you need more and you want to see them over and over. That s what I m working toward. We are showing only the feet of the talent. Why? Web video is best with close-ups and all headshots are not that exciting to me. It was rediculously easy to...

entertainment Gives New Home for Funny on the Internet
By: Jacki Schklar on Jun 2, 2008 at 8:58:42 pm

 Press release for my new site. It s going quite well. Be warned, the comedy on this site has some adult content. If you are offended by Southpark, you won t want to go there... Gives New Home for Funny on the Internet   Southern Jewish Princess Media Launches Alternative Comedy Site for the Fairer Sex   Atlanta, GA, May 19, 2008 - Finding increased exposure for her comedy web series, The Retributioners , is a mountainous battle for Stephanie Scott. The producer is always hunting for sites beyond the youth-drenched YouTube and male-dominated comedy sites for an outlet...


Move Networks Inc
By: Cal Gordon on Feb 27, 2008 at 12:04:57 pm

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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...


Internet Killed the Video Star
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Jan 10, 2008 at 7:41:48 am

Hi everyone - I ve been pretty silent for the last few months because I ve been hard at work on a new Creative Cow Master Series DVD - Internet Killed the Video Star: A guide to Creating Video for the Web. The 4.5 hour DVD will be available very shortly. Feel free to spread the word. Here s the basic description of the DVD: Whether you’re posting video for a client, putting your demo reel on-line, creating a video podcast, or building video training for the web, the Internet is conspiring to keep your work from looking its best....

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Inspiration from Modo
By: Rajeev Nedumaran on Jan 7, 2008 at 3:05:18 am

I ve been fascinated by the photorealistic quality of images posted in the Luxology Modo Gallery. I ve been trying to learn from their workflow to see if I can do the same in Cinema 4D, especially from some of the free tutorials. I was struck by the level of detail in the shoe model posted there. Inspired by those images, I rolled up my socks and got to work! Trying to emulate the same in cinema4d. So folks here is my attempt. I think it kind of worked out ok. What do you think? let me know. As always...


Of leopards, rumors and getting it right
By: Tim Wilson on Sep 13, 2007 at 2:15:42 am

So on March 23 we hear that Leopard s coming in October rather than spring, to wait for Vista compatibility. Later that day, Apple s official response is that we don t respond to rumors. The same day, someone says that Apple says Leopard ll come out on time. Three weeks later Appple announces that Leopard is coming out in October, but the reason is iPhone, not Boot Camp. So there you go. Wait . Did somebody say they re delaying Leopard to wait for Vista compatibility?!?! Taipei-based DigiTimes was first on the scene . On March 23, they cited...

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Pulling your Internet Connection for too much use!
By: walter biscardi on Sep 7, 2007 at 3:51:01 am

So has a story about Comcast pulling the accounts of internet users who hog too much bandwith. Wait a minute. How many of you have seen those ads on TV or in your magazines / newspapers? Cable offers you Unlimited Access. High Speed. Downloads 50% faster than dial-up. And so on. But now if you actually try to use too much of these services, you might get cut off. Comcast says they re trying to make sure everyone can access the internet properly. Well, then either improve your bandwith capabilities or make it VERY CLEAR what you are and...


A new interface, completely late but at least not never...
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Aug 19, 2007 at 7:53:13 am

Well, at long last, the COW has a new interface. It s been a long time coming and it s way overdue. I had gotten to where I just couldn t bear to look at the site anymore. The new look is far more balanced and in keeping with the whole idea and spirit of the COW. I am happier than you can imagine to see it as it had worn on my nerves for quite a long time but we were just too busy to deal with it. It finally just got to the point where I told Tim...

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Bessie gets a new face
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Aug 19, 2007 at 7:44:14 am

The latest iteration of the Creative COW website is well under way and I have to say that it s the first time in many years that I have logged into the COW and haven t hated the way it looks. I always meant to come back to it and get it done but couldn t find the time. So, last April, I gave it a minor overhaul but that was just a band-aid on a car wreck victim. Then after the death of my Dad, I went through a severe depression -- not because I had left things unsaid...

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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...


Real Player - Ahoy!
By: Peter Ralph on Jun 27, 2007 at 9:30:04 am

Real Networks today announced the public beta release of Real Player 11 . The player allows users to download any web video in all major formats. Multiple videos can be downloaded in the background as you continue surfing. The videos are then placed into a desktop application where they can be organized into playlists and burned to CD. The pro upgrade allows burning to DVD. Although the player will recognize and respect DRM restrictions the player will strip the video from the contextual advertising commonly used by Youtube, Brightcove etc. causing many to accuse Real of piracy. Real insists that...


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...


Sprint supports Mac OS 10 for Wireless Broadband
By: walter biscardi on Jun 12, 2007 at 6:07:58 am

So I ll be the first to admit, I m not a fan of the Blackberry. Really don t need that thing strapped to my waist at all times so I can answer an email at a moment s notice. Don t want to deal with that little tiny keyboard and besides, better than half the emails I recieve require some sort of document to be sent back to the recipient, which resides on my laptop. My wife convinced me to take some needed time off and we traveled to the Pittsburgh area for a great visit with her grandparents....

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Here we go!
By: Tim Rice on Jun 7, 2007 at 1:23:26 pm

Thank you for stopping by my blog! This is the first post so I guess an introduction is in order... My name is Tim Rice and I have been involved with video production for almost 20 years now. Hard to believe. I ve worked mostly in television and now am the Senior Producer in Creative Services at WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina. Love my job; great group of people there but more importantly (and reason for this blog), I have started my own media production company, Thrice Creative. I have never started a business or ran a business so I...


Can YouTube make YouRich?
By: Julia Camenisch on Apr 19, 2007 at 12:32:07 pm

+Here s a bit of news+ from Ars Technica about the unfolding opportunity to make money from YouTube. It ll be interesting to see what the terms of the deal are - I m sure the ad revenues won t be enough to allow you to quit your day job...unless of course you can come up with a really, really good video. When I get my current doc project finished, I might post to see if I can make any pocket change....


Is there even that much Viagra or cialis?
By: Robert Wilson on Apr 12, 2007 at 12:24:18 pm

IS there enough Viagra out there for EACH of us to have as much as they are trying to sell us through email?  I guess I m pondering this today because I ve now waded through a 100 emails of which only 3 were pertinent to my life. All of the rest were trying to get me to buy some type of stimulant for my male member.  Truly, are we all that sad, or perceived as such, that we all need some outside source of medical fixin s?   I m getting old, yes, but surely exercise and a good...


The mobile/virtual office
By: Aharon Rabinowitz on Apr 2, 2007 at 11:33:23 am

I got a new webcam (beta testing software that requires one) and have been testing it out. I m on vacation, and wanted to touch base with a colleague in Canada about an upcoming project, and to catch up with him and what he s working on. I noticed in my skype list that his skype listing had a camera icon next to it. So I gave it a shot.  It changed the entire experience for me. I was talking to him about work, and we could see each other. It felt like I was really there with him. He even moved...


The Curse of the Yellow Hammer
By: Christian Glawe on Mar 25, 2007 at 2:58:24 pm

We all know how techno-centric our industry is. And how quickly that technology changes. Simply keeping up with all the new capabilities, gear, workflows, software, platforms, etc. can be a full-time job. And gear is critical. We can t do our jobs without it, and we can t do our jobs *well* if we don t know how to best *use* that gear. But.... we re supposed to be creative artists, too. In fact, I d argue that those who find long-term success in this business aren t necessarily those with the most gear, but instead, those who can find...

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Free Photoshop on the Web. Really. Premiere's already there.
By: Tim Wilson on Feb 28, 2007 at 4:20:24 pm

I don't see everything coming. Not even close. But I saw this one. Google's Picasa has been offering online image editing for a while. It even supports .psd. So Adobe responds with free Photoshop on the web. Really? Yeah, really. ...


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