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The Legacy

It was really hard to pick the winner in our Trailers competition. There were so many worthy contenders and we could have picked any one of a dozen or so. But after much debate and a couple more days of consideration than we had planned, we picked "The Legacy" which scored very high with COW members and was the favorite of our judges panel. Our judges thought that the "extra ingredient" that made The Legacy so special was its element of childlike wonder, as the boy discovers his dad is a super hero -- and at the dinner table, the dad flips the cap away with his thumb in a move that only a super hero could make. The boy is stunned. Of all the various images and scenes that our judges discussed, this one was the one that they kept coming back to.

Victor Carbonneau is the creator of The Legacy trailer, and he also held about 40% of the Top 10 for much of the contest, with his other entries for The Golden Compass game trailer, the Nights: Journey of Dreams game trailer, as well as the comedy film trailer for "Peace," which stars Kurtwood Smith and Nancy Lenehan. Congratulations, Victor.

Our $500 Reviewer's Award goes to Brian Berneker, who had many great reviews across the various trailers. Some of our favorite reviews are his comments found on film trailers like Ghost Street, Peace, Dead West and others. Thank you, Brian, for being a fair and considered voice in the rankings that you brought to the contest.

Some of our other favorite trailers in the contest, were "Tunnel To A Lost World," a documentary brought to you by the National Geographic Channel. "Dead West" was another favorite, a trailer for a story of a failing independent film studio that switches from westerns to vampire movies -- only to find that the vampires they are filming are real. One of our other favorites was a late entry for "Creative COW: The Movie," entered by Jamie Hobert and a small team who rushed the production to make the deadline and clearly became an audience favorite in the closing days of the voting. Thanks you guys, it was hilarious and we loved it!

But now it's time to move on to our new Music Videos competition...

Music Videos Competition
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Music Videos Contest

On January 15th, we end one video reels contest and begin the next one. The TRAILERS contest will end, and the new MUSIC VIDEO contest begins.

On January 15th we will announce the winner of $1000 in our TRAILERS contest, along with the winner of our $500 award to the person whose review comments were the most informative and insightful in rating their personal choices.

Then, we start the new MUSIC VIDEO contest in which any music video entered between January 15 and February 28 is eligible for the contest. Music videos entered before the entry date do not count and only videos entered between the contest dates are included in the contest (you can turn off a past entry and re-enter it again if you wish). You can also find the complete rules here.

So, visit our Videos-Reels section and take part in our newest addition to Creative COW. It is quickly becoming one of the most popular parts of Creative COW.
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Celebrating 15 Years

NAB 2010 marks the very first year that Creative COW will host an event at NAB. And what a party event it will be. We have hired one of the world's well known bands (whom we are keeping secret for a couple weeks more), who will give a concert to close an educational event hosted by industry leaders from Creative COW Magazine and many of the top companies in our industry.

We're building the kind of event that you would build: professionally produced, high energy, information packed event led by a team of true experts in their field who aren't pimping or pandering. Just what you'd expect from Creative COW. You'd also expect a legendary party and a legendary band. We have them, also. We are putting it all together under the same kind of direction and vision that you find behind Creative COW Magazine, and we look forward to celebrating with you at NAB 2010.

Why are we partying? Creative COW is proud that at NAB 2010, COW founders, Ron & Kathlyn Lindeboom, will be celebrating the 15 year anniversary of building media professionals communities online. No other site or industry institution aside from NAB itself, has grown over the years as has the community built by Ron and Kathlyn over the last 15 years. In fact, Creative COW grew in 2009 to pass the prestigious Google Two Million Unique Visitors a Month marker. It's time for a party!

We will be opening pre-registration for our members in the next couple of weeks. So watch for it and we will see you at NAB 2010.

See you there...
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Happy New Year

Creative COW has always been a site dedicated to working production professionals in the fields of film, broadcast, and related crafts. It has been our goal to provide the services and content that brings you back because you regularly find what you need. It is a commitment that we take very seriously and as we close 2009, we'd like to thank you for your involvement here and for your comments and your suggestions.

2009 has been another record-breaking year for Creative COW and we have no plans to settle back and rest on our laurels for 2010. No, we have been working very hard to insure that The COW of 2010 will be even better and more useful to you in the days ahead. We more than doubled again this year, ending 2008 with just over a million unique people a month -- according to Google Analytics. And as we cross over into 2010, we end the year of 2009 with a high of over 2.2 million unique users a month.

Thank you for being a part of this success, we are grateful to you for being a part of Creative COW.

And don't forget to visit our new Video Hosting section at the COW, where we are currently a few days away from ending our Trailer Contest in our trailer section. We are going to recognize the best trailer with $1,000 and the COW also has $500 set aside for the reviewer that makes the most insightful and useful reviews. It might even be you.

We wish you and yours the very best in the year ahead and again, our gratitude for being a member of what is clearly one of the greatest web communities on the Net. You are an awesome bunch and it truly is an honor to know you and to serve you all.
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Your Thoughts


We have had some excellent trailers uploaded in the COW's Trailers Competition that runs through the end of 2009. And we'd like to hear what you think of them. There have been over 100 trailers entered so far, and they span the gamut from drama to science fiction, horror to documentaries, westerns to comedy, and just about anything else you might imagine. There are truly some very worthwhile trailers that have been entered. The Top 10 is really heating up but many of the others are also deserving of your time, interest and vote, and we are proud that the COW is home to so many talented people that are creating what is clearly a powerful collection of stories and imagery.

So, tell us your favorites and give us your reasons that you think so. On January 15, 2010 we will give $500 to the one that we feel has taken the time to add the most articulate and insightful comment on one of our trailer entries.

Tell us what you like or don't, and why. And do it before year's end. But in the spirit of the COW, please make it constructive as we will disqualify and remove mean-spirited flames and slams. Hey, it is the COW, isn't it?
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Upload Your Trailer

If you have created a trailer for a film, an episodic TV show, a documentary, or anything else that you have featured in a trailer, we'd like to see it. If you upload it between now and the end of the year, we will be judging the trailers and what the COW audience thinks of them, and we will pick the winner and announce it on January 15, 2010.

The best original trailer added to the COW Videos-Reels section, will be awarded $1,000, courtesy of your friends at CreativeCOW.net.

We can accept up to 900 pixels wide, up to 100MB in size, with AAC-LC audio encoding. So, if you would like to give COW members a look at your trailer, we would like to see it.

Please visit http://reels.creativecow.net to see our great videos being hosted, or to enter our Trailers Contest.

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COW iPhone App

Early in 2009, we launched our "DOT MOBI" version of Creative COW (www.creativecow.mobi) which is our V1.0 of our mobile users interface. It has become quite successful over the last year and now those that use it account for nearly 6,000 unique people in the USA per month, and nearly 11,000 unique people a month from around the world.

In 2010, we would like to add to the new MOBI interface and also encourage even more usage of the Dot Mobi by commissioning an iPhone application for those that visit the site using their iPhone. (Don't worry Nokia, Blackberry and Palm users, we have plans that involve you, too!)

So, iPhone developers, here is your official call to contact us. We welcome your contact and we will be commissioning one of you to develop an application for Creative COW users. If you are an iPhone developer, please contact ron@creativecow.net to learn more.

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New COW Hosts

We are pleased to announce that our Apple Motion and Sony Vegas forums are each sporting a new leader on their forum teams, and both are excellent new additions to two already great teams. Both our Motion and Vegas forums are extremely popular and have some remarkable leaders hosting in each. But added to these great teams are two new leaders who we are proud to introduce, D. Eric Franks -- whom many of you may remember as the host of Digital Juice's online training and Tech Talk -- and Mark Spencer, author of the Peachpit Apple Experts book on Apple Motion. Both of these guys are true power users and we know that they will be strong additions to the COW Team in the days ahead.

D. Eric Franks has been with us for a little while, but we wanted to give him an official welcome. And Mark Spencer just joined the team and may be a little busy due to his hazing by other COW leaders.

So visit our Apple Motion and Sony Vegas forums and click on their pictures (that you find in the forums) to learn more about each of them.
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Happy Thanksgiving

As our nation celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday this coming Thursday here in America, we would like to thank you for being a part of the Creative COW community in 2009. We are working hard continually to add more features and functions to benefit our members in the days to come. And as we celebrate Thanksgiving -- a time when we consider those things for which we are grateful -- we would like to thank you for all that you bring to the COW with your contributions to the forums, articles, suggestions, and the incredible range of videos that this year began adding another great area to the COW.

For those of you outside the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday is usually celebrated with family gathered for a meal of turkey -- to commemorate the Native Americans bringing food to share with the Pilgrims who were struggling in the New World when they first arrived in the 1600s -- and Bessie says that she would like to thank turkeys everywhere for their part in the holiday. "After all, it isn't turkey that they are serving year round at McDonalds, is it?" says Bessie. "Us cows have a lot to be grateful for ourselves when Thanksgiving rolls around."

We wish you a wonderful time with family and friends. And for those that aren't celebrating the holiday, Bessie says that she still recommends turkey if you are not a vegetarian or a vegan.

We'll see you after the holiday.
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New COW Forums

If you haven't yet noticed the five new forums that recently joined the Creative COW forums line-up, we'd like to introduce you to them and hope that you will drop by and visit any that relate to your work and interests.

Alex Grossman and his team have brought Active Storage to the marketplace, after having built XRAID for Apple. Active Storage is a new company but one with a lot of history that comes with its team. Visit the new Active Storage forum at Creative COW when you have a moment.

CatDV is a tool that many COW Members use and rave about. If you use any of their tools or would like to learn more about them, please visit the new CatDV forum at Creative COW. We are doubly delighted with this one as it also marks the return of Dennis Kutchera to the COW Leadership team. Welcome back, Dennis.

Closed Captioning is a subject that comes up regularly at Creative COW and it is a subject that requires a lot of knowledge and expertise to do correctly. Jason Livingston recently wrote us and asked if he could head a CC discussion forum, as he works with it regularly. We jumped at the chance to add the new Closed Captioning forum to Creative COW.

CoreMelt plug-ins are quickly becoming some of the most popular plug-ins in the market and for good reason: Roger Bolton has worked on some of the biggest blockbusters made, films like Lord of the Rings, and he brings his knowledge and experience to users in the new CoreMelt users forum and plug-ins. Say hi to Roger when you get a chance.

DaVinci colorgrading systems comes to the COW forums line-up, and longtime user Ron Anderson has joined the forum team there. With Blackmagic Design's acquisition of DaVinci and their recent announcement that they will not have the same kinds of support systems and programs for DaVinci users, this forum will become incresingly important in the days ahead. Visit the new DaVinci forum at Creative COW when you have a few moments to spend.

With the COW just passing the 2.1 million unique visitors in 30 days marker, according to Google Analytics, we know these new areas of the COW will soon become integral parts of Creative COW. We hope that you will add them to your list of destinations if you use or want to learn more about these tools.
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