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To succeed in this business, you only need to learn one thing: how to keep learning. That means that each of us is going to find ourselves as a newbie, at some times and at some things. In a market that is ever changing and in which these changes seem to be happening ever faster, we are all going to wear the newbie hat -- often.

Somebody once asked how we can claim that the community forums at Creative COW are a high-level professional resource, when there are obviously newbie questions there. Simple: because high-level professionals who are paying attention never stop learning. Even if they are able to answer other people's difficult questions about some things, they have basic questions of their own about others.

One of our fastest-growing groups at the COW is broadcast engineers. These are people with years of experience with satellites, switchers, and servers -- but who are now learning tools that were once the domain of IT departments. Transitioning to digital infrastructures, they are exploring new cameras and learning new ways to incorporate metadata in their workflows. One such COW member is chief of engineering for one of the Big Four US networks, as well as all of their cable properties in business, news, sports and entertainment. He is obviously one of the elite experts in his field, and has been for a very long time.

He is also a newbie.

This is a roundabout way of answering another question we've heard. How can the COW possibly be a professional peer-to-peer support network when it has grown from 200,000 monthly visitors to over 2 million monthly visitors in the last four years? Because newbies are being hatched every day -- from among the industry's most experienced, most highly qualified, most creative leaders. No matter how much they know about some things, they also need to know about something new. Something more. Now.

And Creative COW Magazine explored this idea and some of the examples of real leaders who are themselves newbies, in Tim Wilson's editorial from the latest issue of our magazine.

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A Magic Journey to Africa


Barcelona's Apuntolapospo draws on 18 years of experience to create live-action 3D. And though there have been stereoscopic films for many years -- since the 50s, and even earlier -- in this new age of digital filmmaking, "A Magic Journey to Africa" is the first live-action stereoscopic 3D feature to be produced in Europe, for both digital cinema and IMAX.

"Magic Journey to Africa" is Apuntolapspo's second co-production done in association with the Barcelona-based Orbita Max -- with whom they previously worked together on the first Spanish IMAX production, a film called "The Mystery of the Nile."

Join the team and go inside the making of "A Magic Journey to Africa" -- it's a journey worth taking.
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Highly complex multi-media installations -- at least the successful ones -- are only possible through careful planning, intense cooperation, and a willingness to turn the picture on its side.

In this article, author Mike Sullivan takes Creative COW members inside the project created for the Tampa Bay History Center in Tampa Bay, Florida.

The show is about the Seminole Indian Wars in the 1800's. About 20 minutes, shown on four screens, with the two outside screens will rotated 90 degrees and displayed vertically. Now we're getting really interesting. With three large turntables, about 10 feet wide or so, and life-size dioramas on each one that spin into place at different parts of the show.

The entire stage is behind a scrim with a painting of Tampa Bay circa 1840. They use the scrim to hide the movement of the turntables, but only sometimes. Other times they let the audience to see the turntables move.

You can read all about it in The Creative COW Library.
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The Library of Congress Unlocks the Ultimate Archive System.


The Library of Congress is working to preserve film for hundreds, even thousands of years. Seriously. In this article from Creative COW Magazine, Ken Weissman, Supervisor of the Library's Film Preservation Laboratory, tells the steps they're taking toward the ultimate archive system, starting with the restoration of films first printed on paper instead of film!

Read More...
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Panasonic Review


With this edition of the Creative COW Newsletter, we'd like to introduce our readers to Helmut Kobler, our newest member of the COW Team and author of many articles you may have read in magazines like Millimeter, Wired and others. He has also been the author of three editions of Final Cut Pro for Dummies.

In this review, Helmut explores the P2 Rapid Writer and gives his report to Creative COW members. You can read Helmut's report in his first article for Creative COW, online here.

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NAB Top Picks


Even by NAB standards, this year's show was an especially big one. Coverage has been spread throughout Creative COW's forums, blogs and podcasts, and has really only just begun. In addition to the news from the show floor, COW members have been discussing what the news actually MEANS, and already exploring how some of these new products can fit into their businesses. Here are a handful of places that you can get in on the conversations as they emerge -- or start your own!

Blackmagic Design's announcements around their DaVinci systems, including lower prices, Mac support, and new software interfaces, have created exceptional buzz, lighting up Creative COW's DaVinci forum.

Adobe CS5 was another big announcement, and we've already posted 8 exclusive CS5 tutorials with Richard Harrington to the Creative COW Library, covering some of its most exciting new features. These are also available in podcasts in both standard and HD resolutions -- just follow the links to subscribe at iTunes.

Several COW Bloggers have also been talking about the show. Walter Biscardi explores "The Three A's: Avid, Adobe, Apple," DaVinci on Mac, uncompressed HD editing over Ethernet, the growing audience of NAB 2010, and more. You can find it all here. Tim Wilson also offers a brief look at a few stories that may have flown under the radar. And don't forget, if you have a COW account, you have a COW Blog of your own. Simply click the Blogs button in the top right of any COW page, click on "My Blog," and start posting.

You'll find many other NAB discussions throughout the COW, including this new thread in the NAB Expo Forum, "Coolest Stuff." That one's just getting underway, and can use your help!

This really is just the beginning. Join us for real-time discussions of more than just what's new, as working professionals evaluate which are the products and technologies that they'll actually spend money on.

Stay tuned for more!
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NAB 2010 Wrap Up


NAB 2010 was full of news, new products and tools, and brought show visitors face-to-face with many of the things that will be changing the industry and the way that we all work in the days ahead. So with this week's "wrap-up report" we look at NAB's news and press announcements from a wide range of comapnies and what they introduced at NAB 2010. You will find the news following below...

We are also delighted to introduce you to a new series of articles created by the COW's Richard Harrington of RHED Pixel, who served as this year's manager of the Post Production World Conference at NAB 2010. In this series, Richard introduces Creative COW members to some of the new features and functions found in one of the biggest announcements to come out of NAB 2010, the Adobe Creative Suite CS5. For more, please visit Richard's new series online in the Creative COW Library.

If you were at the show and want to tell us about what you saw at NAB 2010 that you were impressed by, please make note of the special address in the newsletter's intro graphic above or write us at magazine@creativecow.net -- tell us what you found and you may be one of our featured members in one of our newsletters over the next few weeks, or in Creative COW Magazine's synopsis of the show.

If you would like to read some reports from COW members on our Twitter feed, please visit our Twitter feed online in CreativeCOW.net.
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CREATIVE COW FOUNDATION DONATES $10,000 TO AFI's DIRECTING WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN

Creative COW, LLC recently announced the formation of the Creative COW Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to provide scholarships in media education. The Foundation's first grant of $10,000 to AFI's Directing Workshop for Women was recently awarded in a visit to AFI's Los Angeles campus and reflects 15 years of community-building for media professionals, and Creative COW's founding as a woman-owned business.

"We never started building communities as a business," says Creative COW founder Kathlyn Lindeboom. "In fact, we began because we couldn't find the help we needed for our own production business, and so created the first community for film and video professionals on the web. But as the community grew to now include a website with over 2 million monthly visitors, a magazine, and a DVD series, we needed to create a business to sustain them all.

"At the same time, we have never lost sight of our vision of building communities. The Creative COW Foundation adds another dimension to that vision, by making possible educational opportunities that those students might not have had any other way."

"The Directing Workshop for Women was a perfect example of this," says Creative COW CEO Ron Lindeboom. "We know that it is one of the industry's most respected programs, bringing in students from around the world. With the grant, we are also honoring the women who were some of the COW's very first sponsors and benefactors, who literally made Creative COW possible."
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HP DreamColor monitors in video; Worldsourcing production

The HP DreamColor LP2480xz Professional Display was released in 2008, which raises the question, why do a new review in 2010? The answer is simple: even two years after it hit the streets, no oher 10-bit monitor looks this good, at this price.

So before we get to Jeremy's review, a speedy refresher on the HP DreamColor display, which was developed in a close collaboration with DreamWorks Animation. This wasn't a marketing gimmick springing from HP's need for cachet and a clever name. DreamWorks was (and is) a paying customer, banging on the door for a better tool for mission-critical color work. To that end, along with the monitor, HP offers the DreamColor Advanced Profiling Solution, which includes Windows and Mac software, and an HP-branded colorimeter licensed from X-Rite, the industry leaders in color science who are HP's "Color Technology Partner."

The juicy goodness holding it all together is the DreamColor Engine. Yes, there is a literal engine in the monitor - a CPU that HP has programmed for color management. The display itself is built specifically for HP by LG Display (most definitely NOT a licensed version of off-the-shelf components as other reviews have stated), along with considerable development on firmware, which is also undebatable.

But, more importantly to most COW members is the question: does it work in the real world? Read Jeremy's report. He bought one and has been using it for over a year in a 10-bit video production setting.
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