Apple Ending Support for Dozens of Codecs -- Including Yours?|
By: Creative COW on Jun 13, 2019 at 12:04:28 pm
There's no such thing as an eternal codec, but recent news coming out of the Infinite Loop has archivists, animators, documentarians, and digital cinema creators reeling. Among the dozens of codecs that Apple will no longer support includes the venerable Animation codec, and JPEG2000, the heart of DCP, among many others. This discussion from the Creative COW forums is a reminder to best practices for digital format management that will touch virtually every artist working on Mac. Don't miss this!...
Ready for some fresh Mac & Cheese?|
By: Creative COW on Jun 2, 2019 at 9:44:23 am
Ready for some fresh Mac & Cheese? Apple announces the return of the Cheese Grater form factor for Mac Pro, coming this fall. Folks are talking about it all over the COW, comparing notes, sharing rumors, and generally stirring the pot until the cheese is nice and smooth and piping hot. If you're looking for the latest news about what we know, what we hope, and more, start here!...
A Year in Review|
By: Mike Cohen on May 3, 2019 at 9:06:02 pm
Getting a new phone is a great way to reset the clock on life and then use the photo gallery to remember events after some time has passed. About 1 year ago my phone died while on a trip. Somehow I managed to find my way back to the airport and home again, and a few days later I had a shiny new Android in my hands.
Captain America: The First Avenger (Revisited)|
By: Creative COW on Apr 26, 2019 at 9:00:59 am
This 2011 article by Debra Kaufman was the first time we'd ever seen a single story that looked at the work of all of the effects houses that worked on a motion picture, laying out precisely what they did. Visual effects have grown up considerably in the years since then, but Debra's story still holds up, as indeed does Captain America: The First Avenger itself, and its vfx work. While this chapter of the Steve Rogers story is (apparently?) turning its final page, we only have one prediction to make: that this will continue to be one of the most...
Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere - Review & Commentary|
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:10:47 pm
On Episode 347 of The Harold & Maudecast, We Talk Thrones is back! Sarah and Jake review Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere from Jon and Daenary's first real date on dragons to a waterfall, Arya's many reunions, Sansa's sense and sensibility over Jon's choices and food supplies, Cersei really really wanted elephants, Bran's staredown with Jaime and every detail in between!
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Shazam Review |
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:09:46 pm
On Episode 346 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review the film, Shazam, now in theaters.
Triple Frontier Review|
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:07:41 pm
On Episode 344 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe talk Netflix domination and review the Netflix original TRIPLE FRONTIER starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, and Charlie Hunnam.
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EP 343: ENDGAME EVERYTHING|
By: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:06:48 pm
On The Harold & Maudecast Episode 343: ENDGAME EVERYTHING, Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe talk end of eras -- With HBO's Game of Thrones final season beginning April 14th and Marvel's decade long assembly of Avengers assembling for the last time in INFINITY WAR: ENDGAME April 27th, and with The Walking Dead's continuing ratings spiral, we are coming to the end of an epic era for genre fiction screen.
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Scars, Tattoos & Digital Makeup: After Effects & Mocha Pro|
By: Creative COW on Apr 14, 2019 at 9:32:14 am
How do you add SCARS, TATTOOS or DIGITAL MAKEUP to a person's face? Learn how to use Mocha Pro's planar tracker and the Mesh Warp tool to insert a flat image/video on a (non flat) human face! Join VFX guru Tobias G from Surfaced Studio for a closer look!...
Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 16|
By: Creative COW on Apr 8, 2019 at 8:51:34 pm
Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 16, a major update that adds a revolutionary new cut page specifically designed for editors that need to work quickly and on tight deadlines. In addition, DaVinci Resolve 16 includes dozens of other new features for professional editors, colorists, VFX artists and sound engineers. DaVinci Resolve 16 public beta is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design web site....
Blackmagic Design's Epic Hardware Releases for NAB 2019|
By: Creative COW on Apr 8, 2019 at 8:29:25 pm
Blackmagic once again delivers a jaw-dropping lineup of advanced hardware -- ATEM Constellation 8K with built-in Fairlight mixing in the industry's largest live production audio mixer, plus 16 hardware keyers, 24 8K outputs, and more; the New Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 8K with dual on screen scope overlays, HDR, 33 point 3D LUTs and monitor calibration; HyperDeck Extreme 8K broadcast deck with advanced H.265 recording, touch screen interface, internal cache, built in scopes, HDR, and traditional deck control; and the URSA Mini Pro G2 camera featuring new electronics, Super 35 4.6K HDR image sensor, 15 stops of dynamic range,...
The Introvert's Guide to the NAB Show, by Kylee Peña|
By: Creative COW on Apr 3, 2019 at 12:51:21 pm
Going from talking physical preparedness and emotional wellness in years past, this guide from Kylee Peña dives a little deeper into balancing what seems to be a hot label to give yourself these days: being an introvert. Shyness is real, and social anxiety is its own thing to be managed carefully, but think carefully when it comes to big conferences. Are you selling yourself short before you give yourself a chance to warm up?...
New ALEXA Mini LF Expands ARRI’s Large-Format Camera System|
By: Creative COW on Mar 28, 2019 at 12:55:08 pm
ARRI today unveils its new ALEXA Mini LF camera. Combining the compact size and low weight of the popular ALEXA Mini with the large-format ALEXA LF sensor, ALEXA Mini LF brings exciting new creative possibilities to ARRI’s large-format camera system. Robust and reliable, it provides the best overall image quality for large-format shooting, and features three internal motorized FSND filters, 12 V power input, extra power outputs, a new Codex Compact Drive, and a new MVF-2 high-contrast HD viewfinder....
Making The Forest Leaves Dance for Ridley Scott's Hennessy Short, "The Seven Worlds"|
By: Creative COW on Mar 28, 2019 at 12:47:11 pm
"The Seven Worlds" is the latest advertising epic short directed by Ridley Scott, a marvelous odyssey spanning surreal scenes inspired by the seven tasting notes of Hennessy premium X.O. cognacac. Realizing Scott's unparalleled vision required a masterful team and state-of-the-art technology to assist, that's where London's The Mocap Studio team came in. The mobile motion capture specialists lent their expertise to the project, using Xsens MVN inertial technology to help capture a human performer on-location in the heart of a Czech forest....
Autodesk Unleashes 3ds Max 2020|
By: Creative COW on Mar 27, 2019 at 1:08:23 pm
Today Autodesk released 3ds Max 2020, the latest version of its 3D modeling, animation and rendering software. The new release revamps the user experience with customer-requested features that enable faster playback speeds, optimize performance and increase flexibility....
Rising Sun Pictures Springs into Action for Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel”|
By: Creative COW on Mar 25, 2019 at 1:17:40 pm
Striving for picture-perfect realism and applying a mania for detail, Rising Sun Pictures produced nearly 300 visual effects shots for Marvel Studios’ latest film Captain Marvel. The studio executed a host of challenging visuals for the blockbuster production including a fully 3D subterranean aircraft hangar stuffed with military gear and fabricating a series of shimmering holograms....
Hal Blaine, The Greatest Studio Drummer of Them All, Sets Down His Sticks For The Last Time|
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Mar 14, 2019 at 11:11:48 am
Today, the greatest studio drummer of them all passed away. Hal Blaine set down his sticks for the last time, at 90. In my opinion, he invented more beat patterns than even Ringo. He was a consummate pro and quite a nice man. Years ago, my wife Kathlyn bought his book and he not only signed it but also hand drew a great cartoon of him flailing away behind a massive kit. He scribbled a sweet note to Kathlyn, along with the funny cartoon.
Hail Satan? Aaron Wickenden, ACE on Cutting the Controversial Doc|
By: Kylee Peña on Mar 3, 2019 at 9:03:07 pm
Director Penny Lane’s documentary Hail Satan? opens with a sequence of events from a small scale rally: a few people gathered on the steps of a Florida government building, a handful of protesters and media, and a man with horns creating fire from thin air as he thanks Governor Rick Scott for signing a bill into law that would allow prayer in public schools – ” if you open the door for God, you open the door for Satan! ” Even the title card – Hail Satan…? - is questioning if any of this is, like, for real. That sets...
Rising Sun Pictures Springs into Action for Fox’s “Alita: Battle Angel”|
By: Creative COW on Feb 25, 2019 at 4:11:37 pm
Rising Sun Pictures’ ability to deliver amazing visuals is on full display in the 20th Century Fox’s new cyberpunk adventure film Alita: Battle Angel. Working in tandem with Weta Digital, the lead visual effects studio, RSP created breathtaking shots for two key sequences in the film, including a furious battle between soldiers from Earth and fearsome cyborg warriors known as Berserkers....
Apple & NVIDIA At It Again|
By: Creative COW on Feb 20, 2019 at 6:07:22 pm
Is Apple and NVIDIA not playing nicely again affecting you and the applications you use? Does it affect how you feel about Apple? Weigh in for another round of Apple Talk!...
Editor Phyllis Housen on Shaping Sundance Jury Prize Winning Drama 'Clemency'|
By: Kylee Peña on Feb 2, 2019 at 8:24:17 pm
Death row drama Clemency debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival (winning the US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize) and explores themes of the prison industrial complex through the eyes of warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard) as the emotional weight of state executions begins to take its toll on her. Directed by Chinonye Chukwu, the film has created a renewed conversation around capital punishment, and editor Phyllis Housen worked alongside Chukwu to bring impact and realism to the story.
Light From Light: Editor Courtney Ware on Returning to Sundance|
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 27, 2019 at 3:48:32 am
Editor/Director Courtney Ware got her start in the industry as a PA, quickly working her way up to producer before her 21st birthday. After her directorial debut on Sunny in the Dark , she realized a pivot away from producing and into storytelling was in her future, and she got started on being an editor in between directing jobs. The first film to bring her to Sundance was Never Goin’ Back , and she’s back at the festival this year with Light From Light .
Cutting Honey Boy: Mónica Salazar on Editing The Sundance Hit|
By: Kylee Peña on Jan 24, 2019 at 11:19:31 pm
One of the most anticipated films at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival (according to Indiewire and MTV , among others), Honey Boy is a semi-autobiographical story penned by actor Shia LaBeouf that spans a decade in the life of a child actor. It’s also the first feature film cut by editor Mónica Salazar, a Mexican immigrant whose story starts with a VCR in Monterrey and a dream to one day land at Pixar.