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Lights, Camera, Audio

When you need advice on lighting, sound, and cinematography, you want it from pros at the top of their game. That's exactly who you'll find hosting and participating in the forums at Creative COW: winners of Oscars, Emmys, and others of the industry's highest honors. Here are just a handful of examples.

Dennis Size has won two Emmys for his lighting on "All My Children" and "Ryan's Hope," among his total of six Emmy nominations. He's lit the Democratic (2008, 2004) and Republican (2004) National Conventions, and provided lighting for MSNBC, Fox News, (for whom he has also designed studios), CNN, PBS, and Al-Arabiya in Dubai. His resume also includes Oprah, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, Sesame Street and Bruce Springsteen.

John Sharaf shot an Oscar-winning Documentary Short, soon after his graduation from the renowned UCLA Film School. His emphasis on lighting has helped distinguish his camera work in documentaries and news over the past 30 years, and continues to feed a successful business providing crews, cameras, lighting and post facilities in LA.

Ty Ford has written books from "Advanced Audio Production Techniques" to the updated section on microphones in the weighty NAB Engineering Handbook. He has lent his voice talent to thousands of promos and spots over the years, and handles a wide variety of music and voice production in his own studio. Ty also specializes in location audio for film and video.

Michael Palmer has worked as a DP, and in the lighting and electrical department for projects including "Pulp Fiction," "Dead Man," "Profiler," and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" He has produced and directed sports programming, and is currently the DP for "Faithful Friends" on Animal Planet.

Todd McMullen has been a camera operator on "Friday Night Lights" since it began in 2006. The first feature he lensed was Martin Scorcese's "Casino," followed by films as diverse as "The Green Mile," "Miss Congeniality," and "Superman Returns." Other TV series he's worked on include "X-Files" and "Rescue Me."

That is just a small handful of the working pros you'll find in those forums, who, between them, have worked on thousands of films, TV series, spots, and corporate projects of every description, as well designing and teaching courses at every level. And that's not even counting the thousands of pros who pass through those forums every month, ready to help with anything you need.

Any questions for the pros? Ask them in the Cow's Lighting Design, Audio Pros, and Cinematography forums.
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Grow Your Brain With COW Training Tools

A New Solid

Announcing the latest addition to the Creative COW Master Series of DVD Training: Eran Stern's "A New Solid"

Not only a compilation of some of the world's most popular After Effects tutorials, our new Creative COW Master Series DVD, A NEW SOLID, hosted by Eran Stern, is our longest running DVD ever, nearly 8 hours in all!

In addition to full size versions of the world's most popular AE podcast, you'll find two hours of never-before-seen advanced training. Expressions, motion tracking, particles, time warps, integration with other AE programs, advanced title animation - it's all here, complete with project files and accompanying footage.

Learn from one of the COW's masters, Eran Stern, a motion graphics artist and a leader of our popular After Effects forum. His uniquely entertaining style will introduce you to whole new worlds of Adobe After Effects.

For more details, including the amazing trailer that Eran designed, visit the Creative COW Master Series store.
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Stereoscopic 3D Issue - Creative COW Magazine

From what we have heard from industry insiders and experts with whom we worked on the new Stereoscopic 3D issue of Creative COW Magazine, this magazine is unique in the market. It is filled with articles that explore the world of making stereoscopic 3D. And taking our readers along for the ride is an all-star cast that includes many of the people that the top studios draw on when they plan, create, finish and distribute stereoscopic 3D movies.

From major productions to indie projects, from camera rigs and hardware, to software and compositing, we have cast out a net and drawn in some of the very best content that we have ever seen anywhere on this new and rapidly growing market.

So download the PDF electronic version online and don't forget, it comes in a read-friendly "spread" edition, or the printer-friendly single page "print" edition.

We would like to thank all of the wonderful people that helped us by allowing us inside their production worlds to bring this issue together. We are honored by your trust that we would tell your stories carefully and build something that you would be proud to be a part of. It has been a true honor to work with you all.
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What an incredible last 30 days it has been. We have had 2.2 million visits by visitors that are quickly heading towards 1.5 million absolutely unique visitors, according to Google Analytics. We are also on a countdown to cross the 100,000 visits a day marker, having just crossed into the 90,000s. At our present rate of growth, we may even be crossing over before the end of June.

Our new Demo Reels section has now seen some of our reels exceed 3,600 views and there are many that are quickly nearing or exceeding the 1,000 views level. There are some fabulous reels in the new Demo Reels area, so don't forget to visit it soon.

And don't forget to visit our new Magazine website, which has been totally redesigned and is one of the showcases of great content here at Creative COW. Our new issue on Stereoscopic 3D is about to be released in a day or two, so keep your eyes open for it.

Thank you to all of our members and sponsors for being a part of all of this. We are amazed at the growth and want you all to know that we appreciate your confidence and your involvement, and we have more new things coming soon to help support your business and your craft.
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Demo Reels Feed

We've been hard at work expanding our new demo reels section and now your demo reel will auto-load into your services offered listing, showing potential clients your work and expertise as only a video can.

If you would like to see an example of a services offered listing with the new demo reel auto-embedding feature, please see

The new demo reels section has been growing rapidly and the level of some of the reels is simply astounding and here are a few of the best reels we have seen...

Thomas Horne's demo reel from the USA.
Sascha Verwiebe's reel from Germany.
Glow Studios' reel from Moldava.

This reel from Lab Rats Multimedia just came in and is a really fine reel from a company in Puerto Rico. Great work.

We'd also like to give a tip of the ole cow hat to Dan Parsons, whose Director of Photography reel is spectacular. Great work, Dan.

If you haven't voted on any of the reels, please take some time to visit as it is quickly becoming one of the most popular areas of Creative COW. The work is inspiring and many of the reels are very impressive.

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COW Demo Reels

Tired of having your reel rescaled to 320 wide, or smaller? Can't see your reel because it got compressed so small that it's tough for you and the audience to see or read what is there? Well, we are happy to announce that Creative COW's new DEMO REELS area is now open and supports the largest reel sizes of any site that we have seen in this industry. And if you upload a file that meets our largest supported size (see instructions just below), and you click on the movie player's View in Full-Screen mode button, you will have a marquee for your work that we haven't found anywhere else in the industry.

What can you upload? Your reel can be anywhere up to 900 pixels wide -- that's three- to four-times the size of what you find on competing sites. And if you upload your files as 900 wide and in either Flash or H.264 formats, you won't lose a pixel because our mechanism will upload them without having to recompress your reel. And you can upload up to 50MB for your reel. So, 900 pixels wide, 50MBs or smaller, in Flash or H.264, and you don't have to recompress. Now, that's stylin'.

COW Demo Reels

Right now, you can visit the REELS section to see Demo Reels, Promotional videos, Movie Shorts, and the latest products in the Sponsors Showcase.

In the next few weeks, we will be developing additional Demo Reels section features that will allow for even more types of media, and in even more categories. So visit the new Demo Reels section today and upload your own work, or vote on your favorites.

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Energize Your Business

Creative COW's "Services Offered" area has already brought many jobs to a wide range of users in many production fields and types. You can add your company's listing at no charge. Add your logo and links to your site, or embed a Vimeo or YouTube reel -- or upload it to Creative COW and we will host it for you. Again, no charge.

We will be greatly enhancing our jobs functionality and our Services Offered area, and you will not want to be left out of what's just around the corner -- so visit the Services Offered area of and introduce yourself and your talents. It won't cost you anything but a little bit of time. And with the COW's incredible traffic levels, it's a smart thing to do.

Visit to create your own listing.
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Multi-Language COW

FLAGS! You may have noticed all the new flags around The COW. They represent all of the multi-language support that we have added to Creative COW. There are flags that represent English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi -- with others planned for later as we develop the new translator refinements in the days ahead.

While the translations are not perfect, we have worked to isolate words like trademarks, products and other words that should not be translated, while keeping the words that should be translated. From what we are hearing from members, while it may not be perfect it is understandable and people can communicate across language barriers and get support from the vast worldwide community of Creative COW.

WANT TO HELP? If you would like to help us refine the new translation features in the COW and you are comfortable with your native language and English, please write us at and we will be happy to add you to the development team.

Creative COW has always meant Creative Communities of the World, and this is just another step in building the world's greatest pasture for media professionals around the world. So if you have friends that couldn't take part in the COW because of language barriers, well, it just got a whole lot friendlier for our international friends to join in the COW -- so invite them and let them know of the new language features.

All of us on the COW Team would like to give a nod of the COW ears to Abraham Chaffin for writing this latest addition to the COW interface and also Google, whose search engine has been very busy cataloging all of the new pages available in the various languages. So far, some of our languages have as many as 70,000+ pages that have been searched and cataloged by Google -- making these pages available to media professionals around the world in a wide range of languages. Thank you, Google Team, we appreciate your support.

The world just got a little bit smaller.
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NAB News

NAB 2009 brought a lot of news to COW members and in today's newsletter we are doing something a little bit different...

There is just too much news to send it all in a newsletter, so for your convenience, we are linking today's newsletter to the COW's News Center.

In this newsletter you will find links to both the NAB 2009 news in its entirety, as well as breaking out the news by company. Just click the appropriate link for all of the NAB 2009 news, or click a company logo to see just the news from the companies that you are most interested in.

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Stereoscopic 3D

In this episode of Hollywood: Under the Hood and Behind the Scenes, Masters of Stereoscopic 3D Storytelling, host David Roth Weiss takes Creative COW members into the world of Stereoscopic 3D with more video interviews with the team at Dreamworks Animation, talking about their smash hit Monsters vs Aliens. In this article, David includes more video from Dreamworks and looks at early 3D film experiments, such as 1953's House of Wax -- which the Dreamworks team affectionately pays homage to in Monsters vs Aliens.

Creative COW Magazine Stereoscopic 3D Issue Update: Tim Wilson is hard at work working with many companies at work in the world of Stereoscopic 3D which you will read about in the forthcoming Stereoscopic 3D issue of Creative COW Magazine. You won't want to miss it, it's going to be a great issue. We'd tell you what's going to be in it, but then we'd give away all our secrets, wouldn't we?

New Stereoscopic 3D forum joins the COW: Our friends at SpectSoft, who have been working with the Blue Sky team to support the upcoming ICE AGE 3D, have agreed to help us launch a new Stereoscopic 3D forum in Creative COW. So if you have been wanting to find others that are working in 3D or if you are new and have some questions, please drop by the new forum that joins the new line-up, today.

And don't forget to join David Roth Weiss and the Masters of Stereoscopic 3D Storytelling, David's newest addition to our expanding coverage of the rapidly developing world of Stereoscopic 3D.
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