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The Ultimate POV ShootoutThe Ultimate POV Shootout

Douglas Spotted Eagle has a broad experience base with POV cameras designed for action shots. Rather than choosing one catch-all, must-buy cam, he will provide information about which action-camera is best suited for specific criteria which can be then used to help you make informed purchasing decisions.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Adobe Premiere Pro
Cooking With Premiere Pro CC on PBS's America's Test KitchenCooking With Premiere Pro CC on PBS's America's Test Kitchen

As America's Test Kitchen enters its 15th season on PBS, they've made the switch to Premiere Pro Creative Cloud. Post-production Supervisor and director Herb Sevush has been with the show from the beginning, and confessed some trepidation moving away from FCP 7, but has found it to be a great fit for their data-intensive, increasingly 4K multicam production, and his work with remote editors. Here, Herb offers some insights into both the why and the how of their switch, with special attention to Premiere Pro CC's approach to multicam.

Editorial, Feature
Herb Sevush
Expert Tips for Crowdfunding SuccessExpert Tips for Crowdfunding Success

Film projects are the most unsuccessfully funded of any Kickstarter category -- but producer and crowdfunding consultant Diana Ward Roark has worked on a number of campaigns for independent films that have exceeded their goals. She has the real-world advice you'll need to succeed, including where you can find backers, and how to engage them.

Editorial, Feature
Diana Ward Roark
Adobe After Effects
Creative Fireworks in Adobe After EffectsCreative Fireworks in Adobe After Effects

Rob Mize shares his techniques for using After Effects to create a variety of fireworks displays. All you need is CC Particle World, a few expressions and a reason to celebrate and you can light up your world with dazzling pyrotechnic effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
TV & Movie Appreciation
A Distinctive LOOK For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'A Distinctive LOOK For 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

In his third time working with Wes Anderson, LOOK Effects VFX Supervisor Gabriel Sanchez helped implement the director's singular vision on The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
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
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
Adobe After Effects basics
AE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text AnimationAE Basics Extras: Butterfly Wing Text Animation

In the first part of this two part AE Basics Extra tutorial, Andrew Devis starts to show how to create a butterfly wing with text. The purpose of these tutorials is to give additional hints and tips for text animation in After Effects. Items covered in this tutorial include, using the pen tool, paths, copying mask paths to shape layers, text along a path and path option, 3D layers, animation of a wing, loopOut expression and viewing your composition in a different viewer. In the second part of this tutorial Andrew will go on to complete the animated butterfly in 3D and show how to have it fly around your screen.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Time Lapse Video Secrets: HD and Beyond with your Digital CameraTime Lapse Video Secrets: HD and Beyond with your Digital Camera

You already know that your digital camera has higher-than-HD resolution -- even higher than film res sometimes -- and the pictures can look amazing. It turns out that your still camera actually works better than an HD video camera for creating time-lapse photography. Marco Solorio tells you how to put it all together.

Tutorial, Feature
Marco Solorio
Apple DVD Studio Pro
Mac Subtitling Software Round-up: Mac Subtitling Software Round-up:

The COW's man in Nepal, Jiggy Gaton, gets asked all the time about subtitling DVDs -- and cringes every time: editing software suites just don't have that much to offer. However, Mac DVD authors have some standalone alternatives worth considering.

Review, Feature
Jiggy Gaton
Adobe After Effects basics
Morphing In After EffectsMorphing In After Effects

Morphing is a distinctive effect that is best known from the movie Terminator 2 as well as the Michael Jackson music video Black and White. In this tutorial, Chris Zwar demonstrates simple morphs with the Reshape filter in Adobe After Effects 5.5 -- which is a Production Bundle only effect found under the Distort menu.

Chris Zwar
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 Vectorscope in Premiere ProThe Vectorscope in Premiere Pro

The vectorscope provides graphical information on the colors in your footage and is an excellent way of checking your footage to find out if it is within broadcast safe limits or if additional work needs to be done. In this Premiere Pro tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to find the vectorscope in PP, how to interpret the information it gives and how to use regions of interest to check out specific parts of your footage to get a more detailed understanding of its chrominance levels and how any changes you make affect your footage.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Library of Congress Unlocks The Ultimate Archive SystemThe Library of Congress Unlocks The Ultimate Archive System

The Library of Congress is working to preserve film for hundreds, even thousands of years. Seriously. In this article from Creative COW Magazine, Ken Weissman, Supervisor of the Library's Film Preservation Laboratory, tells the steps they're taking toward the ultimate archive system, starting with the restoration of films first printed on paper instead of film!

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Ken Weissman
Art of the Edit
House of Cards: Coloring the Game-Changing Netflix SeriesHouse of Cards: Coloring the Game-Changing Netflix Series

Season 2 of the pioneering Netflix series "House of Cards" brought a number of changes, including new Lead Colorist Laura Jans-Fazio. She spoke to us about her approach to this visually distinctive show, her remote collaboration with Executive Producer David Fincher, and her use of the Baselight grading system for fast turnarounds with the show's 5K footage.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Boris FX
Keep Broadcast-Legal Colors with Boris Continuum Complete 8Keep Broadcast-Legal Colors with Boris Continuum Complete 8

Motion graphics designers have traditionally been at the mercy of video editors when it comes to making sure video levels in a shot are broadcast safe. Boris Continuum Complete 8 AE's new Videoscope tool changes the game. In this Boris TV episode, Kevin P. McAuliffe shows you how to ensure broadcast-legal colors of your final output or any individual element of your After Effects project. He then uses Boris Continuum Complete's 3-Way Color Grade and Safe Colors filters to fix a non-legal shot.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Extruding 3D Text & Shapes 2: The Shatter MethodExtruding 3D Text & Shapes 2: The Shatter Method

In this second tutorial on extruding 3D text and shapes in After Effects, Andrew Devis demonstrates how to use the shatter effect to create some stylish and fast rendering 3D text and shapes. In addition to this, Andrew also shows how to apply and animate textures to the extruded items as well as how to create shadows from your creation.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Apple Final Cut Pro
P2 Import in Final Cut Pro 6P2 Import in Final Cut Pro 6

P2 workflows are among the very hottest topics at the Cow, and with extensive experience with P2 in broadcast editing, leader Shane Ross is one of the industry experts in the new features to support P2 in Final Cut Pro 6. In this video tutorial, Shane covers new techniques for bringing in captured footage, and as always, tips for project organization and media management for the best results with the least effort.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Shane Ross
CoreMelt Plug-ins
CoreMelt Easy Slick FXCoreMelt Easy Slick FX

Iain Anderson shows some tricks to add easy slick fx to an edit. Learn how you can use free effects to enhance your video -- first in a way that helps inject energy into an high-impact edit, and then in a more subtle way to change the look of a more serious piece. All the effects discussed here are part of the new CoreMelt Free.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Iain Anderson
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
Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 98 Ultra Key Part 1Premiere Pro CS6 Techniques: 98 Ultra Key Part 1

The Ultra Key in Premiere Pro is a way of quickly and efficiently 'Green/Blue Screening' or 'Chroma Keying' footage elements shot against a colored background. In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows a slightly more advanced way to set up to use the Ultra Key in Premiere Pro which involves matting out areas of the footage that either have items to be removed or have nothing but the chroma color in them (i.e. no action in those areas). Andrew goes through the process of creating a matte that just has the item to be keyed while keeping a good soft edge to the footage by using other effects in Premiere Pro. He then creates the final matted piece and applies the Ultra Key and goes on to shows how to adjust that matte after the Ultra Key has been applied.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
What's new in After Effects CS6: Shapes from Vector LayersWhat's new in After Effects CS6: Shapes from Vector Layers

In this tutorial, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how, using the great new "Create Shapes from Vector Layers" command in After Effects CS6, you can create 3D extruded client logos in minutes, as opposed to having to wait hours for a 3D application to render it out.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P. McAuliffe
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
GoPro Workflows for Editing ProsGoPro Workflows for Editing Pros

GoPro footage is making its way into nearly every broadcast project that editor Shane Ross has been working on. It's even showing up in feature film production, so no matter what you're cutting, you're going to work with GoPro soon, if you're not already. Drawing on his real-world experience figuring this out on broadcast deadlines, Shane offers practical advice for editors using Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and Apple FCPX.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Shane Ross
Blackmagic Design
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera: Can It Run with the Big BoysThe Blackmagic Cinema Camera: Can It Run with the Big Boys

Marco Solorio of OneRiver Media takes another look into Blackmagic Design's new Cinema Camera to see how this camera further excels. With the camera sporting 13 stops of dynamic range through a 12-bit RAW data structure, there's one aspect of production where it truly might be able to hang with the "big boys."

Editorial, Feature
Marco Solorio

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