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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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Creative COW members have been leaving high praise on Paolo Ciccone's many Blender 3D training videos now online in the Creative COW Library. Since beginning his series at the beginning of February, over 24,000 COW members have watched one or more lessons from Paolo's series. Of himself, Paolo says: "I worked as an R&D engineer for a company in the Silicon Valley now gone but at that time was one of the best in the field: Borland International. At Borland, I was the main OOS evangelist and successfully achieved the port of JBuilder to Linux. I moved to video/mograph production several years ago, and contributed to the OBJ import/export code for Blender 2.48. I'm now in the process of developing a full-fledged export to After Effects."

Paolo started the Blender series with the popular "After Effects Exporter for Blender" demonstrating Blender's new After Effects Exporter (AEE), a program that exports Blender animations to After Effects for easy post work. The AEE integrates perfectly inside Blender 2.49 and is capable of exporting camera information, mesh reference points, 3D text reference points, planes, lights and rendered footage. All with one click of the mouse.

Following this first Blender instructional video, Paolo launched into his quickly growing "Blender Survival Guide" series, a series which today stands at five installments -- which if we are learning anything about Paolo, we expect to see more in the days ahead.

So, if you are one of the many that tried Blender and gave up because it was just to hard and convoluted and poorly documented for your tastes, see for yourself why COW members are raving about Paolo's series. He really does have the ability to make it all make sense and to present it in a way that many COW members are quickly becoming fans of both Blender and Paolo Ciccone.

Visit the series online here.
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Our Music Video Contest Ends

For the last 45 days, we have watched as 236 music videos were uploaded and voted on during our first-ever Creative COW International Music Video Competition.

The votes are in and the award of $1,000 goes to Eduardo Souza and Rodrigo Lima, founding partners of Rio de Janeiro-based design and animation production company, PAVE Gastronomia Visual. Their music video for Brazilian artists, Os Paralamas do Successo, stayed in the Top 5 for nearly most of the contest -- and though it slipped down the ranks a few times -- it ended the contest as the audience favorite.

Our contests are never based solely on popular vote, and our judges panel had to agree with the audience that if we were ever going to all agree on a single video, it would be A LHE ESPERAR by Os Paralamas Do Sucesso. So, congratulations to Eduardo and Rodrigo and the artists of Brazil who have to take pride in their sense of design, style, and craft.

There was another award to be granted during this contest and it was our $500 Reviewers grant for the most articulate reviews. That recognition goes to Jim Hines, a man who was the clear leader with so many wonderful reviews and comments.

If you missed out on the videos, please visit them and see the incredible work that is being done around the world by COW members in nearly every corner of the world.

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Practical Particles

Creative COW is proud to welcome you to the newest member of the Creative COW Master Series of great DVD training titles, PRACTICAL PARTICLES, by Michael Parks.

The inspiration behind this DVD on using Trapcode Particular with Adobe After Effects, came when Michael Park realized just how integral to many core media techniques and effects that particles have become. From advertisements, to feature films, to television shows, particles are literally everywhere. He chose to use Trapcode’s Particular as his particle generator of choice because of the immense flexibility it affords and some of the unique features it offers compared to the particle generators inside of After Effects.

This training dvd addresses everything from simple particle generation from a single emitter to multiple emitters interacting with 3d layers in your compositions. The projects are specifically designed to showcase the wide variety of Particular’s main features and demonstrate both traditional and creative uses of particles in your work.

This dvd is a must-have for any Particular or After Effects user. It covers particle related subjects such as emitters, particle types, physics, motion paths and much, much more through the step-by-step creation of real world examples. The tutorials will also enhance your standard After Effects knowledge by exploring expressions, manipulating and combining effects and teaching you tips and tricks to set your work apart from the crowd. The dvd contains everything you need to recreate the exciting effects demonstrated in the projects, as well as the final project file for your modification and reverse engineering. Whether looking for specific training on Particular, or more general training to take your After Effects knowledge to the next level, you will not find more bang for your buck than with Creative Cow’s Practical Particles!

Many COW members signed up for the pre-sale $39.95 price for this DVD, prior to its release, and received the first copies when it shipped in early January. Now, for the next five days only, you can get Practical Particles for $39.95..

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NAB Show

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Learn more about or Register for Conferences


Sure, the NAB Show offers a great chance to see and touch the latest gear, and speak face to face with manufacturers in their booths, but it also offers the widest range of education and information opportunities available in any single location. This year, there are more sessions than ever, covering every aspect of production, post, and the latest technologies for broadcast and beyond -- including social media, 3D in the home, digital intermediates, and iPhone and iPad video, and including certified training for manufacturers including Adobe, Apple and Avid.

A date to note: this Friday, FEBRUARY 19 -- that's when COW pricing ends, for both individual conferences and Super Session passes.

Other dates to note: the NAB Show runs from April 12-15 in Las Vegas, with conferences beginning as early as Saturday, April 10. Those conferences include:
  • Broadcast Engineering
  • Broadcast Management
  • Broader-casting
  • Digital Cinema Summit
  • Military & Government Summit
  • Post|Production World, which also includes the Producers|Directors Workshop, DSLR Cinema Workshop, the Director of Photography Workshop, and much more.
The COW is proud to be listed as providing Special Support for Post|Production World and the Broader-casting Conference. These are not only great educational opportunities, but a chance to meet some of The COWs - and the industry's - most respected and most popular leaders, including Richard Harrington, Gary Adcock, Robbie Carman, Marcus Geduld, Mark Spencer, and Douglas Spotted Eagle.

Stay tuned for more news about these conferences, and about COWs at NAB and don't forget the COW member code when registering at NAB: CC01.


And don't forget to vote for your favorites in the Creative COW International Music Video Contest.
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