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The Truth About 2K, 4K and The Future of PixelsThe Truth About 2K, 4K and The Future of Pixels

John Galt, Panavision Senior Vice President of Advanced Digital Imaging, led the team that created the Genesis camera, was responsible for the F900 "Star Wars" camera, and continues to play a leading role in guiding future digital cinema technologies. In this wide-ranging, no-holds barred conversation from 2009, John cuts through what he calls the intentional obfuscation of "marketing pixels," and explores the range of high resolution and high frame rate options that are becoming available to filmmakers.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
John Galt
Canon Cameras
Inside Canon Japan 2013Inside Canon Japan 2013

In November, I was part of a small group of journalists who visited Canon headquarters in Tokyo, touring the optics factory, meeting with and interviewing executives and learning about strategies and plans for the future. Here's a recap of what we learned.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Audio Professionals
The Trouble With Rain: Designing the Sounds of NoahThe Trouble With Rain: Designing the Sounds of Noah

To add new dimensions to the soundscapes of Darren Aronofsky's Noah, Supervising Sound Editor Craig Henighan took advantage of the new Dolby Atmos mixing stage at Deluxe New York to place movie audiences in the middle of the storm.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
NAB Expo
The Social Media at NABThe Social Media at NAB

Finding the latest gadgetry and innovative technological advances at NAB Show is a great reason to converge with 98,000 or so of your closest friends and colleagues. Tech aside (and there was some COOL tech), social media has made a tremendous impact on the way we visit NAB - a subject that Walter Biscardi Jr. found intriguing.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Walter Biscardi
TV & Movie Appreciation
Behind the Lens: Captain America: The First AvengerBehind the Lens: Captain America: The First Avenger

Join Debra Kaufman as she goes behind the lens in the latest installment of her film vfx series, as Captain America: The First Avenger is brought from the realm of comic book imagination and 2D art, to the 3D world with stunning visual effects. Get the inside story of how thirteen VFX houses contributed to this new Marvel super-hero franchise as they share their stories with Debra Kaufman.

Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Creating the 3D in GravityCreating the 3D in Gravity

Gravity, the highly-acclaimed, intensely emotional space thriller, has been hailed as some of the - if not the VERY - best 3D footage ever seen on the big screen. This has led to some surprise when learning that Gravity was NOT shot in 3D. However, it wasn't entirely converted in post either. It featured an innovative and unique workflow that incorporated 3D conversion during production as well as a complex integration with 3D VFX. In a conversation with Prime Focus World, we find out how they did it.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Method Studios Creates Dramatic Effects for DivergentMethod Studios Creates Dramatic Effects for Divergent

Method Studios was selected as the lead VFX vendor, who ultimately proved to provide 381 shots for Summit Entertainment's Divergent. Set in a dystopian Chicago, one hundred years in the future, the film demanded seamless and invisible VFX to create a believable world of complex environments using set extensions, digital doubles and CG characters.

Editorial, Feature
Method Studios
Adobe After Effects
Blowing FlowersBlowing Flowers

In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader, Eran Stern demonstrates how to create flower trails using Trapcode Particular in this special holiday episode. You'll also work with the light emitter and use 3D layer to obscure particles.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Motion Graphics
Neat Video: Removing Noise and Grain from your FootageNeat Video: Removing Noise and Grain from your Footage

In this video tutorial you will learn how to use the Neat Video plug-in for multiple applications. Although demonstrated in After Effects, the work-flow is essentially the same for all these applications: After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Nuke, Fusion, Vegas Pro, etc. This powerful but simple to use plug-in can clean up noisy footage by applying a sophisticated and advanced algorithm to work out what's noise and what's details in your footage and then remove just the noise. This is done by profiling the noise properties in an area of a video frame without visible features. Once the noise has been profiled, Neat Video is guided by this profile to reduce and eliminate noise while not touching the video details. Although mostly automatic, Neat Video still leaves you with total control over the amount of filtering you apply and even offers optional sharpening (without sharpening the noise) should you wish it.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Shape Layer Tip #3: Trim PathsShape Layer Tip #3: Trim Paths

In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to use shape layers to easily create that Old-School look where a red dashed line animates over a map to indicate travel destinations.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe Premiere Pro
Project Panel: Preferences & Bin StructuresProject Panel: Preferences & Bin Structures

In this Adobe Premiere Pro video tutorial Andrew Devis looks at some of the preferences that affect items in your project panel and show you some of the issues with preferences and imported footage. Andrew also will show how to create a bin (or folder) structure that works for you projects and some of the options to open and use bins to speed up the process of adding items to the right bin quickly!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Web Design
Full Page Overlay WindowFull Page Overlay Window

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a full page pop-up window that overlays an existing html page. This technique is used often for displaying a video, movie file, picture, or form when a user clicks on an element in a web page.

Abraham Chaffin
Apple Motion
Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 25 VFX - The Michael Bay LookLearn Apple's Motion: Lesson 25 VFX - The Michael Bay Look

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe makes sure that all the Motion 4 & 5 users aren't left out when taking a look at mimicking the Michael Bay Film Look! Using only the tools inside of Motion 4 & 5, Kevin shows how combining your footage with some solids and transfer modes, will create a stylized and memorable effect that can be used over and over again!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Adobe Premiere Pro
Color Correction 1: Brightness & ContrastColor Correction 1: Brightness & Contrast

The temptation is always to choose the easiest tool in the box when sometimes another tool will do an much better job! In this Premiere Pro tutorial Andrew Devis will show you how to avoid using the dreaded brightness & contrast tool and damaging your shot in the process! Andrew will show you the correct tool to choose so that the full dynamic range is preserved and your shot looks great when you need to brighten it or change the contrast.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Art of the Edit
360 Degrees of Historical Immersion360 Degrees of Historical Immersion

How do you tell a story visually without a frame? Mike Sullivan had to build a 360° museum film from 4K footage from the Sony F-55, 9 2K cameras in a dedicated rig, 100 actors, and horses, explosives and a crew of 45 -- and it turns out that figuring out how to tell a story in 360° was only the first of many post challenges that Mike had to face.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Mike Sullivan
Adobe Premiere Pro basics
Premiere Pro Techniques: 110 Preset & Custom Lumetri LooksPremiere Pro Techniques: 110 Preset & Custom Lumetri Looks

In this tutorial, Andrew Devis goes through a new option that will be coming with the next release of Adobe Premiere Pro called Lumetri Looks - which gives you the option to apply .Look files created in Adobe SpeedGrade directly to your footage in Premiere Pro. While this option at first glance seems to only offer the ability to apply presets already created, there is also a way in which you can create your own grades in SpeedGrade, save them as .Look files and then apply those custom grades to your footage or to an adjustment layer in Premiere Pro CS_Next. In this tutorial, Andrew shows the new option and how it may be used with SpeedGrade CS_Next to create, save and apply your own custom looks.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe Premiere Pro
The 'Default Scale to Frame Size' Preference OptionThe 'Default Scale to Frame Size' Preference Option

The 'Default Scale to Frame Size' preference can cause some confusion as it is not always obvious how it works, and how it affects footage in your project. In this brief Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis explains what effect the preference has on your footage and why things may not always seem to act in the way you think they should when this preference is or isn't selected.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Art of the Edit
Post Etiquette 1: Clean Your Room!Post Etiquette 1: Clean Your Room!

Mom always said clean your room! Walter Biscardi, Jr explains why a clean edit suite still matters - especially when clients pay a visit.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Apple Final Cut Pro
Tapeless Workflow with Final Cut Pro 7Tapeless Workflow with Final Cut Pro 7

This tutorial gives an overview of the tapeless ingest workflow using Log and Transfer in Final Cut Pro 7. It encompasses a handful of the supported formats that FCP works with... including XDCAM EX, P2 AVCIntra, P2 DVCPRO HD, AVCHD, and Canon DSLR (5D, 7D).

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Shane Ross
Art of the Edit
Post Etiquette 4: Keep Calm and Carry OnPost Etiquette 4: Keep Calm and Carry On

Working under pressure is sometimes unavoidable in video production. Don't lose your cool!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Walter Biscardi
Art of the Edit
Cool Workflow Tools for the Post Production PipelineCool Workflow Tools for the Post Production Pipeline

Lots of neat stuff was introduced to the video production world this month, so I decided to put together a few bits of the coolest of the stuff. You may or may not have a use for all of these things now, but what they represent for workflow efficiencies for the future -- in prepping dailies, live productions, music editing, or even uploads and downloads -- is pretty cool.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Wall
Adobe After Effects
Expressions in After Effects: Animating without KeyframesExpressions in After Effects: Animating without Keyframes

As many of you know by now, AE 5.0 has introduced a new feature called Expressions. Experienced users akin it to Motion Math, although they are quite different. In this tutorial, Roland Kahlenberg, who is a non-programmer, intends to show other similarly inclined users of AE 5.0 that Expressions do offer quite a bit to the toolset of the conventional designer.

Roland R. Kahlenberg
Adobe After Effects
mocha Tracks The Wolf of Wall Streetmocha Tracks The Wolf of Wall Street

Oscar-winning VFX Supervisor Rob Legato and Brainstorm Digital use mocha visual effects tools on Martin Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street.

Editorial, Feature
Imagineer Systems
Adobe After Effects
Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood VFX - Michael Bay LookAdvanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood VFX - Michael Bay Look

In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe breaks down how to create the cool lens filter effect that Michael Bay uses in almost all of his movies. Although in most cases this effect is created "in-camera", there are reasons you would want to do the effect in post. Once you see how to create this effect, it will become a "go-to" effect you can keep in your back pocket for those clients whose footage needs that extra boost!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Adobe Premiere Pro basics
Learning the Tools 1: Trim & Ripple EditLearning the Tools 1: Trim & Ripple Edit

In this first tutorial on the Premiere Pro tools, Andrew Devis will demonstrate how to use the trim and ripple edit tools, and how to use keyboard short-cuts/modifiers to save time when selecting and using the tools.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis

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