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It's been a slow summer here in the northern half of the planet, and to get things restarted as we head back to work, we'd like to find many new tutorials for our members.

So, if you like to help people and pick up some money while doing it, please write us at and let's talk about what you have in mind. We are looking for tutorials on the software programs we support, cameras, lighting, props and stage set-up, and just about anything else related to our site and magazine focus.

If you would like to become a part of the COW's training team, please write us.

And while we are talking about tutorials, don't miss Shane Ross's new FCP series that is underway in the Creative COW Library.

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Creative COW has become the industry's Number One source for answers and support and it's easy to see why: with a leadership team that includes Academy Award® winners, Emmy® winners, ASC leaders and members, RIAA Platinum and Gold certified winners, and a host of other awards -- all volunteering their precious time to assist others -- the COW has become the "go-to" place for online support.

But these leaders do not have a lot of spare time and what time they have, they volunteer online to answer questions for others to help increase your expertise. Respect that. Please do not call them privately and expect them to drop everything to answer your questions on the spot.

Lately, we've been receiving support phonecalls here at the COW offices from members/visitors who do not want to ask their questions publicly, so they call us with their questions -- without any concern for our schedules. We hear the same thing from some of our forum leaders and other members who write us because members are calling them privately. Most are nice and understand when we respectfully let them know that we will answer their questions on the forums. A small percentage get downright nasty and indignant when we tell them that they need to understand that we get over 2 million unique visitors a month and if even a small percentage call us and our leaders and other members, we'll be doing little else in our businesses but answering their questions. You would not appreciate an intrusion like that in your business, so please respect the time and business of others.

Ask your questions on the forum. Not only will you get your answer but it will be available for others to benefit from, as the on-going public record becomes searchable in the days ahead.

Please don't become one of the phone stalkers.

Thanks for listening and for asking your questions on the forum.

Comments? Give us your feedback in the COWmunications forum.
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Demo reels aren't just for editors, animators and effects artists! You know that of course, so here's your chance: visit Creative COW's "Cinematography Demo Reels & Inspiration" section to remind yourself once again that some of the world's most creative visual artists use cameras instead of brushes or computers.

Link in the Cinematography Demo Reels & Inspiration: Take a look!
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In this greatly expanded edition, Megan McKenna shares with Creative COW members a look at the making of the Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1 (1963-1972). Originally featured as a feature article edited by Tim Wilson in Creative COW Magazine's "Heavy Lifting Issue," we offer for your reading satisfaction this updated version with even more information and many new photos. Find out why this 10-disk project established a benchmark for what is possible with advanced Blue-ray authoring for multimedia that has yet to be equaled.

It started with historical events and interpersonal experiences that influenced Neil Young. He then wrote a song or two.

Years pass, and he found himself with a very large amount of material. It was then distilled in the late 80s by Neil Young Archivist Joel Bernstein who organized, printed, and put it into a binder as thick as a yellow phone book. It was eventually tossed in the air, and landed with a thump on the desk of Total Media Group's Art Director, Toshi Onuki.

Neil had been waiting for all those years for technology to catch up to his vision of a career-spanning presentation of those archives, which begins with the newly released 10-disc set, "Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1 (1963-1972)."

Read the entire article online
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After years of mere trickles, a deluge of 3D is surging into the market in 2010. Consumers are finally beginning to buy 3D-equipped televisions, bringing the 3D theater experience home.

Steven has been helping push forward new media boundaries for nearly 30 years and has produced videodiscs for NASA, filmed video game sequences for Northrop and Sierra Online, taped neurosurgery, has filmed the band KISS, as well as the Space Shuttle in 3D. Steven is also known to early web users for his highly popular bluescreen site that helped advance the art of compositing during the 1990s. From 2004 to 2007 Steven was the director of the School of Film and Visual Effects at Collins College in Phoenix, Arizona. He currently spends his time forgetting obsolete technologies so he can learn more. You can find him in a dozen Creative COW forums, including Cinematography and Stereoscopic 3D.

In this article -- which is a special expanded edition with extra images and more, taken from Creative COW Magazine's Blue Ribbon issue -- Steven Bradford shows you some of the cameras and tools that really shine.

Read Steven's article online now.
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In Jerry Hofmann's COWblog, he raises many great points about the art of editing and advancing the power of the story. Many COW members have already commented on Jerry's blog and it is getting high praise for its creative points and for the voice of experience that Jerry shares with our members.

Jerry teaches at the Colorado Film School at the University of Colorado, Denver, and he has been using nonlinear editing tools since buying his first Avid system -- the fourth one ever sold as a matter of fact -- and he has been a beta tester for Avid and many other systems over the years. He has edited many films, documentaries and TV programs during his career.

In his blog, Jerry reminds users of the issues they need to consider to advance the story and draw their audience into it.

Jerry can also answer just about any question related to FCP and is the author of the new Creative Cow Master Series title, Final Cut System Set-Up. The title is far from a beginner's guide and in it, he helps members learn the kind of experienced knowledge that will help you answer the questions that arise while using Final Cut.

Read Jerry's COWblog online now in our blogs section.
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In the world’s first overview of the new ARRI Alexa digital cinema camera in the real world, Creative COW Contributing Editor Gary Adcock has been taking one of the first-shipped units for a ride this week, and what a ride it has been! You can follow the day-to-day developments on Gary’s COW Blog, but to get started, read the details of what Gary has learned about Alexa’s operation so far, where it’s going, and why Gary believes that Alexa is a true game changer.
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In this article, Emmy® Award-winning cinematographer, Robert Primes ASC, puts the current generation of DSLRs under the microscope and gives his report for Creative COW members. Some people argue that DSLRs are not ready for real world productions, but Bob Primes and his crew have pulled out the test gear and the calculators and have some remarkable stats to share with readers.

The conclusion? While DSLRs are not going to replace many of the high-end cameras on the market today, things are far from the negativity that many try to report.

For a truly balanced view of the current crop of DSLRs from a man with the credentials to back up his findings -- as Bob is a Board Member of the American Society of Cinematographers and is an Emmy® Award winner and instructor at the American Film Institute -- check out Bob's article in the latest issue of Creative COW Magazine and available online in the Creative COW Library...
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In this article Gary Adcock examines many of the best new cameras, lenses, camera support gear, and other related innovations shown during NAB 2010. Considering that today marks Day One of ARRI's shipments of its new ALEXA camera -- which Gary and a number of leading COW experts (such as Bob Primes ASC and others) picked as the best new camera introduced at NAB 2010 -- we felt it a good day to feature Gary Adcock's picks for the first-ever Creative COW Magazine's Blue Ribbon award winners.

So join us in this exploration of the latest and greatest cameras and camera-related gear that is now making its way into the market.

You will find it online at:

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Following NAB 2010, we watched the forums and talked to many of our leaders, weighing their feedback as to what they thought were the best new products and tools that came out at the show. We saw what you, our members, were saying on the forums and calculated the responses and the feedback, and we added it together with our leader comments, and from this we extrapolated the first-ever Creative COW Magazine Blue Ribbon Awards for Excellence.

All the votes are drawn from our members and unlike most magazine awards, our publishers, production and sales teams had nothing to do with the winners because they didn't take part in the voting.

Curious as to who our leaders and members chose as the winners and what products they felt stood out from among their peers?

Check out the latest issue of Creative COW Magazine for details.

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