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December 2, 2005-_______-

Sony has made quite a big splash in the video world with the release of their HDV camcorder, the HVR-Z1U. By itself, it is capable of images that have amazed many of the most jaded video professionals -- but as with all things, there's always room for improvement. By not having a microphone or wide-angle supplied, you can choose better components that will enhance the performance of this camera, taking it far beyond what is found on the stock version of this camera. In this article, contributing editor Jim Harvey (right), walks CreativeCOW members through what they need to build the Ultimate Z1U set up. See if you agree and then pop by the Cow's HDV forum to interact with Jim Harvey and give him your feedback...

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CreativeCOW's Podcast episode 11:

A talk with FX guru, Kino Gil: after major films like Contact, Starship Troopers
"mini-media" will change TV forever: The Cow's Ron Lindeboom joins Franklin McMahon in a discussion of the huge changes that will begin in earnest in 2006. If you've been struggling for more market, you need to listen to this show.
and much more!

In today's episode eleven of the podcast, host Franklin McMahon (left) talks with noted SFX guru, Kino Gil (right) who in his efforts to further his own storytelling -- after working on major films like Contact, Starship Troopers, Godzilla and many others -- started his own company to pursue filmmaking. In this interview, Kino looks at some of the successes and stresses of building an independent effects studio in Los Angeles where he lives. He looks at finding the inspiration to create art that dazzles an audience. Also in this episode, the Cow's Ron Lindeboom looks at how Cisco's recent Scientific Atlanta acquisition, along with AOL's new In2TV adventure and the new growth of "mini-venue" media outlets like video iPods and cell phones, spells an explosion in media that will see its first rumblings in 2006.

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CreativeCOW will see you at... DV EXPO WEST 2005, conference and expo

Certification: December 4-9
Conference: December 6-9
Expo: December 7-9
Los Angeles Convention Center

DV Expo West 2005Creative Cow will be in booth 847 at next week's DV Expo West at the Los Angeles Convention Center, December 7th, 8th and 9th. The Conference begins on December 4th with the Certification program and the full conference begins on the 6th. With many of the top speakers and trainers in the industry, DV Expo West is always a great event and we encourage you to visit and when you do, stop by booth 847 and say "Hello." We'll have 100 bottles of "Bovine Bessie's Caribbean Style Chicken Sauce," with a free bottle to the first 100 visitors who pop by and ask for one.

Our Next Giveaway is...

Digital Juice Video Traxx...
Three winners will be picked on December 31st

Each volume contains 34 DVDs of stock footage!

Well, it's time to shut down our 10 Year Celebration and to close it out in style, we are giving away three volumes of the Digital Juice "Video Traxx" library of royalty-free stock footage. Each of our three winners will receive a volume that has 34 DVDs of Digital Juice stock footage -- yes, 34 DVDs in each volume! We'd like to thank the Digital Juice team for taking part in this celebration of 10 years of building media professionals communities online.

To register for this drawing...

To learn more about Digital Juice, visit their website

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Adobe's Acquisition of Macromedia Expected to Close on December 3, 2005
Adobe Systems Incorporated and Macromedia, Inc. has announced they have either received or been notified they will receive all regulatory clearances necessary to complete Adobe's pending acquisition of Macromedia. The companies expect to close the transaction on December 3, 2005. MORE

Digital Heaven releases Multicam Lite 1.03 at a new lower price of $99
Digital Heaven , one of the leading creators of software for Apple's pro apps, has announced the release of Multicam Lite v1.03 at the new price of just US$99 . MORE
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Digital Heaven releases two new Final Cut plug-ins and updates DH_WideSafe
One of the leading creators of software for Apple's Pro Apps, Digital Heaven , today announced the release of two new Final Cut Pro/Express plug-ins. MORE
Apple product

Fusion Training at the NAD Centre
eyeon Software Inc. and the National Animation and Design Centre have joined forces to coordinate free Fusion 5 training sessions, sponsored by MORE
Windows product

DV Expo West 2005
GenArts To Showcase Sapphire Plug-ins on a Wide Range of Products at DV Expo West
Company to preview Sapphire V.2.0 for Avid
GenArts, Inc., a leading provider of digital visual effects plug-ins for the film, broadcast and video industry, will be demonstrating Sapphire Plug-ins on a variety of host platforms at DV Expo West at the Los Angeles Convention Center, December 7 – 9.  MORE
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Government Video & Technology Expo 2005
Canon Addresses Public-Sector Video And Tv Professionals With Wide Range Of Products For Multiple Applications And Budgets
Canon's Exhibit Includes HD & SD Lenses, NU-700N PTZ Camera System, Canobeam Data Transceiver, XL H1 Camcorder, Multimedia Projectors, and Network Video Cameras
Responding to the diverse needs of public-sector video and television professionals, Canon will display a broad range of products at the annual Government Video & Technology Expo. MORE

Panasonic pro broadcast monitors

eyeon Software Ships DFX+ 5!
eyeon Software Inc. is now shipping version 5 of their digital video compositor, DFX+. Following five years of focused video development and four version releases, DFX+ 5 has evolved into a prominent compositing tool for effects, motion graphics and animation pipelines. MORE
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MaxConnect empowers up to seven hard drives in new PowerMacintosh G5 (PCI Express)
Up to 500 MB/sec Sustained DATA Tranfer Rate
MaxUpgrades announces availability of MaxConnect, an internal hard disk drive mounting solution that allows seven additional hard disk drives to be installed in a G5 Power Mac Dual 2GHz, Dual 2.3 GHz and Quad 2.5GHz systems. MORE

Cisco to Acquire Video Networking Leader Scientific-Atlanta
Merger will help company address video network infrastructure and digital home markets with combination that offers unmatched experience in creating the components for large-scale, Internet protocol-based video networks. Acquisition Completes Cisco's End-to-End Triple Play Solution for Networks and the Home.
Cisco Systems, Inc., and Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., have announced a definitive agreement for Cisco to acquire Scientific-Atlanta. Scientific-Atlanta is a leading global provider of set-top boxes, end-to-end video distribution networks and video system integration. The combined entity creates a world class, end-to-end triple play solution for carrier networks and the digital home. In addition, upon closure, the market opportunities represented by this acquisition will become part of Cisco's Advanced Technology portfolio. MORE

HDFEST Los Angeles 2005
DALSA Digital Cinema to Award HDFEST Deffie Award Winner with Origin® Package
HDFEST and DALSA Digital Cinema announced that the winner of the HDFEST Deffie Award for Best Short Film will receive a special awards package from DALSA Digital Cinema. MORE

Government Video & Technology Expo 2005
Sony To Showcase A "New Way Of Production" At GV Expo
Expect Demonstration of SXRD 4K Projector, Technical Tutorials and Other Technology Displays for Federal, State and Local Agencies
Sony is highlighting a full line of video and audio production technologies for federal, state and municipal government organizations at this week's Government Video Technology Expo in Washington, D.C. MORE

Piano Attack: Everything you always wanted to do to a piano but were afraid to try...
Soundlabel BV has released the Reason ReFill version of their highly anticipated Piano Attack sample library. Piano Attack is a unique sample collection of hammered, beaten, prepared and abused pianos. At Soundlabel, pianos were liberated from their black and white keys trying to capture all the unexpected sounds from the inside. MORE

Harris Corporation Supports Entravision’s Power Maximization Plan with Digital Transmitters for 17 Stations
Harris PowerCD® transmitters to reduce monthly operating costs at each high-power station; DiamondCD® transmitters to fulfill maximization requirements at lower-power stations
Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Communications Division has announced that Entravision Communications Corporation, a diversified Spanish-language media company that owns and/or operates 48 television stations in the United States, has purchased Harris digital television transmitters for 17 of its stations. MORE

Canopus Announces PCI Express Version of its Popular EDIUS NX Realtime, Mixed HD/SD Editing Solution
Canopus, leaders in realtime digital video editing and codec technology, has announced the new PCI Express based EDIUS NX realtime mixed HD/SD video editing solution to take advantage of the affordability and high performance of new dual-core CPU computer systems that feature PCI Express interfaces. MORE

New support for video enabled iPod and Sony PSP in Compression Master 3.2.1 and Compression Engine 2.2.1
Join the mobile video revolution with Popwire
Popwire Technology has released updated versions for its leading media coding software products, Compression Master and Compression Engine. MORE

DV Expo West 2005
Boris Announces Availability of Continuum Complete Version 4
Integrated visual effects work in the native host interfaces
Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film production, has announced the availability of version 4.0 of Boris Continuum Complete . BCC is a comprehensive suite of native filters and transitions for Adobe® After Effects®, Adobe Premiere Pro®, Apple® Final Cut Pro®, Apple Motion®, Autodesk® combustion®, Eyeon® Fusion® and Boris Red® systems. MORE
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Experience Africa with Artbeats New Africa Scenics Collection
Royalty-free Footage of Picturesque Landscapes, Wildlife and Coastal Scenes; Available in High Definition
Travel into Africa with Africa Scenics, Artbeats’ newest collection of royalty-free stock footage. Featuring Africa’s awesome wildlife, dramatic sunsets and landscapes, lush rainforests and coastal imagery, this new collection captures the exceptional beauty and uniqueness of Africa. MORE
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