Creative Cow forum host: Cowdog
Creative COW Forum Host
Paso Robles, California USA
Cowdog is one of the new breed of web-savvy hounds that frequent the Net.
Armed with his trusty and long-lived Radio Shack TRS-80 and 1,200 baud modem, he is
quick to log in and take a bite out of a problem or chase down an
answer for his friends. He is also quick to
fetch sticks and all he asks is a bowl -- well, a BIG bowl, actually --
of his favorite drink Lindeboom Bier Oud Bruin, Dutch dark beer
direct from the Lindeboom Brewery in Holland. (Yes, it really exists,
visit www.lindeboom.nl or click the bottle at right for a trip to the brewery's Neer, Holland website.)
doghouse is filled with the latest digital wonder toys and he's
becoming proficient in integrating Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere
Pro, Audition and Encore DVD. "I love
Audition because I'm really into audio -- you do know that dogs have
incredible hearing, don't you? Humans have their backward-masking and
other audio tricks but us canines can cut in things that humans can't
even hear. Very cool for relaying messages around the planet to other
Cowdog has been doing sidework for Animal Planet -- mostly voiceover
and walk-on parts -- to earn extra money to get a new laptop. "I've
got my eyes on a new Intel laptop because Kathlyn won't let me use her MacBook Pro anymore. She says that she's tired of wiping the snot off the
keys and the trackpad after I nose around on it for a while. I've been
working on my first documentary series for 'Animal Planet' called Great Canines of Historyand the first episode is an exposé called 'Uncovering the Truth about
Lassie.' It's been a labor of love and contrary to popular fable ...
Lassie is 100% Scottish lass, not laddie. And she likes my hat. She's
such a babe!"
a recent major dog show held in Europe at the world famous Matterhorn,
Cowdog won "Best of Show" in the "Canines that Edit Digitally"
category. "It was a big victory and I was up against some pretty
rough competition. There was a Chihuahua that worked for Mexican
television that had a remote field editing system and a high-speed
access that allowed him to cut hot news stories in the field and upload
them direct to the studios without delay. Really impressive. But I
think that I edged him out when I showed the judges that I could
integrate the entire Adobe product line in an integrated project that
ended up on DVD and the web, as well as burning the broadcast master
for Swiss television that night. It really impressed them -- and a certain Saint Bernard that I've been dating since."
Speaking of that "certain" Saint Bernard, rumors of wedding bells in Cowdog's future abound. "He
came home smelling of stale beer -- he still has trouble holding the
tooth brush between his little canine fingers -- but he was floating
around like he was on a cloud," says Creative Cow director, Kathlyn Lindeboom, "he's definitely in love." Kathlyn is someone who should know, as she raised him from the time he was a pup. Still, Cowdog insists that "...like
George Clooney, I have too much going on to want to settle down right
now. Besides, Curtis and Abraham need me to show them the ropes -- [note: Curtis Thompson, Cow technical consultant; Abraham Chaffin, Cow Sys Admin and systems development]-- and so we've been hitting the singles scene together. The guys have
really taken some pointers as to wooing the fairer sex and Curtis seems
to have fallen under the spell of a certain someone whose identity he
guards like a junkyard dog. Some insist that I'll find myself shortly
under Struedel's spell because she had that special 'something extra'
that intoxicated me from the moment I met her. Who knows? She may get a
ring around my finger but I've got a keg around her neck, so who's
really the one coming out ahead in that arrangement, eh???"
You can find Cowdog interacting in various forums here in Creative Cow, where he is usually in trouble or smelling of beer.
- Favorite drink: See above, first paragraph
- Favorite band: (tie) Keef Hartley's Dog Soldier, Temple of the Dog
- Favorite food: Kibble and beer ("...in my own make-shift take-off on 'Gravy Train'")
- Favorite song: "Me and you and a dog named 'Boo'" (Lobo)
- Favorite movie: A Boy and His Dog ("I like Don Johnson, he likes beer too.")
- Favorite TV series: The Super Bowl ("for the beer commercials and wardrobe malfunctions.")
- Favorite book: Garfield books ("I love to rip out the pages -- it's good for dental hygiene.")
- Favorite Cow forum: Audio Professionals ("I hear alot of things in there that you guys miss.")
Articles by Cowdog
CatDV Enhances Production of JPL/NASA Exploration Programs
When Explorer 1, built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), launched into orbit in 1958 successfully marking the United States' first entry into space, America's excitement for space exploration was ignited. For over 50 years, JPL has continued to explore the solar system, other stars and galaxies with robotic spacecraft, amassing huge data files along the way. JPL's television production facility is tasked with archiving and preserving the historical content of over 50 years of media files from the early days of rocketry and interstellar space exploration. JPL clearly needed a powerful asset management system, and found a powerful tool in CatDV.
Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
COW: The Community Speaks|
If you are a USA citizen, help us protect the internet from the control and regulation that legislators are trying to implement under two ill-conceived bills that would effectively destroy the internet as we have known it. These bills are being referred to as SOPA and PIPA.
Ronald & Kathlyn Lindeboom
ADR: Hollywood Dialogue Recording Secrets
Correcting dialogue is one of the most important parts of the old saying, fix it in post. They're part of a process called ADR -- Additional Dialogue Recording, or Automated Dialogue Replacement -- that has been going on since movies had audio, and is still being done today, from the smallest indie films to the biggest blockbusters. Here's an overview of the world of ADR, some of the Cows who are working in this field, and where to go when you are ready to ADR to your own productions.
Business & Marketing|
Business Advice for Tough Times
Sound business advice is more precious than ever, and you can find TONS of it from the businesspeople at Creative COW. Our very own Cowdog has gathered some of the best tips for building your business from around the COW, including getting deadbeat clients to pay you, creating strong contracts, protecting your onscreen talent from accidental explosions...and a reminder that, as far as the client is concerned, everything is YOUR fault.
Editorial, Feature, Business
Adobe After Effects|
|New AE DVDs for the Cow Master Series. Save Now!|
The 3 newest DVDs in the Creative Cow Master Series, training even artists can afford. Learn secrets of advanced rotoscoping and compositing, real-world motion graphics that you can start using right away, and the CS3 tutorials you need to take your work to the next level from true masters from the craft.