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You might think you know how big the NAB Show is every year. It's much bigger. It goes far beyond its roots in legacy broadcast technology, beyond the four walls of a faraway convention center and the "handful" of people (ahem, 100,000 or so) who can make their way there for a few days. It's a giant, industry-wide reset button: not just new new products and new versions, but a new sense of what's possible in this crazily expanding industry.

And yes, it's expanding! This number of this year's NAB announcements have already eclipsed the past several years combined, and the show hasn't even started! To give you some hope of keeping up, we've posted the first thousand or so NAB stories that have come our way so far (and no, we're not exaggerating) in our newly-organized News section. We've included some of the NAB-specific categories below, including Broadcasting, Cameras and Equipment, Storage, Software, and more.

(Hey, and let us know if there's a topic you'd like to see us tag and track for you!)

We'll be following up next week with daily reports from the show, podcasts, social media round-ups, a wide variety of exclusives, and of course real-time reactions from the world's largest community of media production professionals right here at CreativeCOW.net. We're very confident in saying that nobody is going to have more or better NAB coverage than you'll find at the COW.

So get started now, and know that much, much more is coming soon!





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Creative COW co-founder Ronald Lindeboom retired in 2012, but he's been as busy as ever -- this time exploring ways to save money and greatly expand his home entertainment universe. Today, April 11, he is introducing his new book on the anniversary of Creative COW itself.

When Ronald and Kathlyn launched Creative COW on April 11, 2001, it was a far different world than the one we live in today. Television itself is one of the greatest changes to come along. Devices like Roku count their channels in the thousands and they come from every corner and interest of the world, spanning subjects almost unimaginable. Most are free.

It would not surprise any of the COW's longest members to see Ronald exploring the world of cable cutting devices like ROKU, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and others. He worked in cable television in the 1970s, satellite TV in the late 1980s, and then into digital video in the 1990s. In his new book, available beginning today at Amazon, you can join him as he explores the greatest change to ever happen in the world of television.

http://www.amazon.com/CUTTING-CABLE-Covers-Amazon-Chromecast-ebook/dp/B01DKRP6QC




Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool * Business & Marketing * Tim Wilson

Creative COW Turns 15! A Celebration of Being Uncool

15 years is a long time on the internet! Travel back with us to the days before YouTube, social media, digital cinema, smartphones, iPods and all the rest, back to the founding of Creative COW by Ronald & Kathlyn Lindeboom in April 2001. Join us for an insider's look at the earliest days of the professional digital video revolution, all the way through the events that have shaped the world's largest community of media professionals,







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Storage and media asset management are probably the biggest category you will find on the NAB floor in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Dennis Kutchera guides you with past experience how to Navigate the Land Mine of Centralized Media Storage in the Post-Production Storage Wars.


Drones/UAVs, Cameras, and Beyond: Douglas Spotted Eagle * Drones/UAV * Douglas Spotted Eagle

Drones/UAVs, Cameras, and Beyond: Douglas Spotted Eagle

When longtime Creative COW leader Douglas Spotted Eagle recently approached us with a suggestion to add a Drones/UAV forum to our extensive cinematography and videography communities, it immediately made perfect sense. And who better than Douglas to host? We also took this opportunity to speak to Douglas about the sweep of his career, from Grammy Award-winning musician and producer, through editing, cameras, training, consulting, to now, as an early adopter and advocate for UAVs.







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Tuskegee Airmen 75th Anniversary: A Documentary Revisited

When Denton Adkinson and Bryan Williams told us the story of their documentary, In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen, back in 2011, we were amazed. It was one of the most popular stories we published that year, not just because of the inspiring subject matter, but for the remarkable way it came together as a project, and in post. In the years since then, the film has taken on a life of its own, including national DVD distribution, becoming part of high school curricula, NFL celebrations, museum presentations, and more.

Now in 2016, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen, their film will be presented as a live event on over 200 screens across the US. To get there, though, Denton and Bryan had to update their SD original for the big screen, add a surround mix, and prep it for digital distribution. This is a story of faith, fortitude, upres, ProRes, and the power of positive phone calls that you won't want to miss.

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! The live presentation of In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen to celebrate their 75th anniversary, is TUESDAY, MARCH 29! Playing on over 200 screens in 175 cities across the nation, it's quite likely that one of them is near you! For more details on the showing, visit http://www.fathomevents.com/event/in-their-own-words-the-tuskegee-airmen




Drone Rules Suck....and Why You Want Them

Rules! Why do we need so many rules for drones? Pilot, skydiver, and drone operator Douglas Spotted Eagle agrees, "Some of the UAV/drone rules and laws are not only unreasonable but downright ineffective," but when you look more closely from a pilot's eye view, they start to make much more sense. Starting with this principle: common sense isn't all that common!





FCPX: Trailer Editing Workflow with Charlie Austin * Apple FCPX Techniques * Charlie Austin

FCPX: Trailer Editing Workflow with Charlie Austin

Creative COW stalwart, FCPX whiz, and longtime trailer editing expert Charlie Austin recently joined the folks at FCPWORKS and their FCP EXCHANGE workshop series for a deep dive into managing this particularly intensive form of editing with the newest Apple editing offering. Charlie comes at it with both a wit and precision that you won't want to miss.

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FCPX: Trailer Editing Workflow with Charlie Austin

Creative COW stalwart, FCPX whiz, and longtime trailer editing expert Charlie Austin recently joined the folks at FCPWORKS and their FCP EXCHANGE workshop series for a deep dive into managing this particularly intensive form of editing with the newest Apple editing offering. Charlie comes at it with both a wit and precision that you won't want to miss. See more....





CoSA VFX makes Gotham City its Star: Behind the scenes of Fox's Batman Origin tale "Gotham"

We've seen many renditions of Batman in film and TV, but none like FOX television series Gotham. Here we follow a young Bruce Wayne immediately following the murder of his parents, but long before he chooses to embrace his fateful role as hero and protector. Compared to the intense action of the big-screen Batman flicks, Gotham is much more grounded, focused on crafting a believable world rooted in emotional drama. And that's where CoSA VFX has taken charge: although eye-popping visual effects are needed at times, the studio's core task has been creating a truly convincing vision of Gotham City. Read on to see how they've done it.





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Renaissance Masters Go 3D With Nuke


VFX legend Steve Wright helped Italy's Sky 3D tackle an epic project, as Italian all-3D television station set out to present the city of Florence and the masterpieces of Renaissance art housed in the Uffizi Gallery in a spectacular stereoscopic 3D movie shown in 60 countries around the world. While the majority of the film was shot stereoscopically, Steve's challenge was to use Nuke to present some of the world's most precious artworks fully dimensionalized. Here's how he pulled it off.




Joe Passarelli

Cinematographer Joe Passarelli on Anomalisa


Joe Passarelli is the Cinematographer of the stop motion masterpiece and Academy Award nominee Anomalisa. Joe and Creative Show host Ben Consoli discuss the challenges and rewards of shooting stop motion, his camera and lighting choices, working with miniature sets, and the patience needed to pull it all off. We also discuss the humble beginnings of Anomalisa and how kickstarter brought it to life. Esquire magazine raves about Anomalisa as "The most human movie of the year. And it doesn't star a single human." Says host Ben Consoli, "I couldn't agree more." Take a listen!



And don't forget! The NAB Show is sooner than you think! Now less than 6 weeks away, we've got show event news and product announcements rolling in on a daily basis. We'll keep sending weekly updates of course, but for the very latest, be sure to check Creative COW News's NAB coverage!




Editing Star Wars: The Force Awakens * Art of the Edit * Tim Wilson

Editing Star Wars: The Force Awakens

On Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings the latest collaboration of Mary Jo Markey, ACE and Maryann Brandon, ACE​ once again collaborated with J.J. Abrams, following their previous successes with him on pictures including Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission Impossible III, Super 8, and the TV series Alias. Here, they tell us about putting together this new instant classic.







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There are 1200 visual effects shots in this movie. No, we're not talking about the latest comic book adaptation or fantasy epic. We're talking about Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, an action-comedy starring Tina Fey as a journalist covering the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the fourth and latest film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.

Like their previous film Focus, they used Apple Final Cut Pro X for editing. Rather than a story about editing software, though, this is a story about FCPX from a filmmaker's perspective: specifically, how keeping as much VFX and audio temp work as possible inside FCPX during production helped allow Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to open up new options and saved weeks of production time. This article has already been provoking considerable conversation, both in the comments on the article and in the Creative COW forums, about the impact that their approach might have on the future of mainstream filmmaking. Read on, and be sure to let us know what you think.



Blackmagic Design Fusion: Building Your Own Keyer

In his latest tutorial for Blackmagic Design Fusion, Simon Ubsdell points out that you can of course simply use Fusion's built-in keyer, and quickly get a good result, but here he shows how combining visual effects nodes to build your own keyer helps you understand the processes to refine trouble keys. Even if you'd prefer not to build your own, you will gain practical insights into channel operations and other techniques to help you unlock Fusion's unique visual effects power. Take a look at Blackmagic Fusion in action!

Hey, and speaking of Blackmagic Design software, you've heard about Blackmagic's DaVinci Resolve enabling unique collaborative workflows between editors and colorists working on the same project. Now, here's your chance to see exactly how it works. Expert colorist Mathieu Morano shared an episode of his "My Montreal Studio" podcast showing you exactly how to set up your network and project to take advantage of all that Resolve has to offer for the entire post process. Take a look at DaVinci Resolve in action!




Congratulations to Sara Bennett of Milk Visual Effects for her Oscar® for Ex Machina!

We've been very pleased to work with the folks at London-based Milk on a number of stories over the years, most recently, for the company's work on the BBC mini-series event, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Co-founded by Sara Bennett and Will Cohen, the company has been punching above its weight for some time now, and it has been a real pleasure to document some of their growth here at Creative COW. We couldn't be more pleased to see Sara's recognition by the Academy. Everyone involved in Ex Machina did remarkable work, as seen in the many awards it was nominated for at the Oscars and elsewhere, including a stunning 92% Fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, but we know you're going to enjoy this speedy refresher of what Sara and the 28 artists at Milk put together for this remarkable picture. Read more....

We're also pleased to note on behalf of our friends at the American Film Institute (AFI) that their graduates played important roles for Best Picture winner Spotlight. Producer Steve Golin (AFI Class of 1981) was one of the folks who took home a Best Picture Oscar® itself, but cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi is a member of AFI Class of 2002 -- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalist Michael Rezendes (played in the film by Mark Ruffalo) is a graduate of AFI Class of 1999! Read more....



And don't forget! The NAB Show is sooner than you think! Now less than 6 weeks away, we've got show event news and product announcements rolling in on a daily basis. We'll keep sending weekly updates of course, but for the very latest, be sure to check Creative COW News's NAB coverage!
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Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC

Named by his peers as one of the 10 most influential cinematographers in history, Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC was responsible for some of cinema's most indelible images in films including Close Encounters of the Third Kind (for which he won an Oscar), The Deer Hunter (winner of the BAFTA Award), McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and Heaven's Gate. In this wide-ranging conversation with his friend, colleague, and co-founder of the Global Cinematography Institute Yuri Neyman, ASC, the two go well beyond the usual limits of typical conversations around cinematography to the worlds of art, education, collaboration, trials, errors and beyond.



The Sisterhood of the X-Files Fandom * TV & Movie Appreciation * Kylee Peña

The Sisterhood of the X-Files Fandom

As the first show to create a rabid, real-time internet fandom, devotion to "The X-Files" has been growing in intensity with each year since the original series finale, with a fanbase that is clever, thoughtful, and largely female. Not that there's any shortage of male X-Philes, but there's a generation of women who was inspired to technical careers by the Gillian Anderson's Dana Scully. Kylee Peña is among them, and additionally very specifically inspired by

Editing Star Wars: The Force Awakens * Art of the Edit * Tim Wilson

Editing Star Wars: The Force Awakens

On Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings the latest collaboration of Mary Jo Markey, ACE and Maryann Brandon, ACE​ once again collaborated with J.J. Abrams, following their previous successes with him on pictures including Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission Impossible III, Super 8, and the TV series Alias. Here, they tell us about putting together this new instant classic.

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Yes, we're wishing you SEASONS GREETINGS, plural, because there are two of 'em, actually. Just as Awards Season kicks up a gear with recognition for the best work from the wide world of guilds, critics, and artists of every variety, here come the first round of announcements for NAB Show 2016!

It's allll about to get real, so take a look at what's coming from every corner of the industry, with congratulatory looks back, and the first glimpse of what's coming over the horizon in the coming weeks.

NAB & Product Announcements


Awards & Honors


And that's just the beginning! We've got dozens more fresh stories below, on top of all the juicy goodness you'd expect to find in Creative COW's over 250 peer-to-peer support forums.

Please let this serve as a reminder: if your team has been nominated for an award, and certainly if your team receives an award, be sure to send us a note! Don't forget pictures!

If you're going to be exhibiting at the NAB Show, or have announcements you'd like to make, please don't wait until the last minute! Even if your news is embargoed, let us get it queued and ready to go. We'll get hundreds of announcements a day in the leadup to the show, and if there's one thing we've learned in our 21 years online, it's always best to avoid a stampede if you can!

Either way, drop a line to press@creativecow.net, and help us tell your story! Congratulations, best wishes, and yes, Seasons Greetings. BOTH Seasons!
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When Blackmagic asked broadcast engineer, systems designer, and all-around straight shooter Bob Zelin to take a look at the new Teranex Mini line, he told them no. Converter stories are too boring. Just one problem, though: his clients couldn't see pictures out of their SDI gear going into HDMI inputs of consumer 4K TVs. BMD promised that one of the Minis would do the trick, and it did -- but Bob was pleasantly surprised to find even more than he was looking for! Find out why he calls the Teranex Mini lineup a no-brainer, and what it might be able to do for you. Read more...




Checksums, Speed, and Acceptable Risk * Art of the Edit * Kylee Peña

Checksums, Speed, and Acceptable Risk

Do you hang out under a tree during a lightning storm? Do you perform a checksum every time you copy important files from one place to another? If you don't have an equally strong opinion about both these questions, it's time to learn about checksums: how they work, how much you can trust them, and how this technical task can save a creative person from certain doom.







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