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NAB Expo
NAB 2014: Panasonic's Sonic Blast: Cameras, Switchers & Tech

NAB 2014: Panasonic's Sonic Blast: Cameras, Switchers & Tech

Panasonic unveils their new NAB line-up for us, including new VariCam cameras with 35mm sensors, high-speed and 4K recording, and multiple new form factors, along with new P2 media and broadcast switchers.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Ryan Salazar
TV & Movie Appreciation
Stalingrad: An Intimate Epic

Stalingrad: An Intimate Epic

Set in one of the bloodiest battles in human history, the film Stalingrad also offers an intimate look at five Russian soldiers in World War II, trying to preserve their own humanity while protecting the life an 18-year old girl - while also trying to hold off a dramatically larger Nazi force. This bold 3D story is already the highest-grossing film in Russian history, and Creative COW's Tim Wilson says you'll be impressed.

Review, Feature
Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
Stereo 3D Post Perfection for Russian War Epic Stalingrad

Stereo 3D Post Perfection for Russian War Epic Stalingrad

The film Stalingrad is an epic look at the battle that turned the tide of World War II, and already the highest-grossing film in Russian history. It is also the first Russian film to be shot and produced for IMAX 3D, which posed some new challenges for the filmmakers, specially in post. Stalingrad opens Feb. 28 for an exclusive engagement in IMAX 3D theaters, and here's your chance to take a closer look at its making.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
Broadcasting
NAB Show Conferences: Can We Talk?

NAB Show Conferences: Can We Talk?

NAB Show is billed as "the largest and most relevant educational program for media and entertainment professionals anywhere." With so much information, you'll want to do your research and find what's the best conference for you. In this condensed guide, Ryan Salazar names a few of the conferences he finds the most "interesting and intriguing" and provides links for your further perusal.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Ryan Salazar
Adobe Creative Cloud
Sound Effects in Adobe Edge Animate 3.0

Sound Effects in Adobe Edge Animate 3.0
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Creative COW leader Michael Hurwicz demonstrates using simple jQuery UI code to create sound effects in Adobe Edge Animate 3.0, using the new HTML5 audio capability in Edge Animate.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Hurwicz
What Computer Should I Buy?
The Great Migration: From Mac Pro Tower to Mac Pro Tube

The Great Migration: From Mac Pro Tower to Mac Pro Tube

Helmut Kobler loved all the card slots and drive bays in his old-school 2009 Mac Pro. But after ordering a new Mac Pro, he had to rebuild his old tower's functionality - RAID and LTO support, broadcast monitoring, and plenty of spare drive space - with new Thunderbolt peripherals. Here's how he did it.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Helmut Kobler
Indie Film & Documentary
Ten Tips to Indie Filmmaking

Ten Tips to Indie Filmmaking

We love talking about tools and technologies, but there's a lot more to filmmaking than cameras and computers. Writer/director/producer Rick Castañeda has made over 30 short films, and just wrapped his first feature. Here, he offers hard-won insights into the practical details of making an independent film.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Rick Castañeda
Broadcasting
NOT Your Father's AM

NOT Your Father's AM

At this time, over 2,200 radio stations are broadcasting a hybrid HD Radio signal, with more on the way, and with NAB approaching, Ryan Salazar is considering the future and applications of digital radio. Radio is going to become sexy again, and this is NOT your father's AM broadcast...

Editorial, Feature
Ryan Salazar
Cinematography
BlackVue SC500 from Pittasoft

BlackVue SC500 from Pittasoft

Filmmaker Douglas Spotted Eagle takes a look at the new BlackVue Sport SC500 HD action POV camera.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Douglas Spotted Eagle
TV & Movie Appreciation
Skywalker Sound's Randy Thom Awarded for Career Achievement

Skywalker Sound's Randy Thom Awarded for Career Achievement

Randy Thom, Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound, received the Motion Picture Sound Editors Career Achievement Award at the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Award ceremony on February 16th, 2014. Thom, a two-time Academy Award-winner (The Right Stuff, The Incredibles) and a 14-time Oscar nominee, has contributed to more than 100 films as a sound designer and re-recording mixer. Star Wars creator George Lucas presented the annual MPSE Career Achievement Award to Randy.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Social Media
How Are You Doing? Really...

How Are You Doing? Really...

In an industry where mental health is hard to come by, Kylee Wall reminds us how important it is to ask ourselves, and our peers, "How are you doing?". When's the last time you answered truthfully?

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Wall
Autodesk 3ds Max
The Invisible Art: Matte Painting/Set Extension Tips

The Invisible Art: Matte Painting/Set Extension Tips

Virtual matte painting and set extension doesn't just live in grand shots of big budget movies anymore. "The Invisible Art" is now affordable through software you likely already own -- but still requires careful preparation during live action shooting if it's to be believable. Here are tips from an Emmy Award-winning local spot that you can apply to your own work, whichever tools you're using.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Andrew Manzella
Broadcasting
NAB Labs Futures Park: FM & Smartphones - A Good Idea?

NAB Labs Futures Park: FM & Smartphones - A Good Idea?

NAB Labs Futures Park is a showplace designed to display the newest of advanced projects, demonstrations of high-tech media developments in progress, prototypes, and products not yet available for sale. One of the most exciting features in NAB Labs Futures Park will be the exploration of FM radio signals delivered via smartphones. Read up on what's new and be prepared to visit NAB with questions ready.

Editorial, Feature
Ryan Salazar
Cinematography
The Last Film Lab?

The Last Film Lab?

Sure, some of the biggest movies are still being shot on film, but in a world where film cameras haven't been in production for years, where only one company still makes motion picture film, and by the end of the year, there may be no more film prints for theatrical distribution, it's no wonder that the number of businesses who can sustain themselves by processing film has plummeted. In this latest dispatch from the film BUSINESS, Creative COW Contributing Editor Debra Kaufman finds industry leaders asking themselves, will 2014 be the year we see the last film lab?

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
History of the Film Lab

History of the Film Lab

A closer look at the history of film labs shows that business has been getting tougher for quite a while, and offers some insights into the specifics of what's coming soon.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
DI: I, Frankenstein with Siggy Ferstl

DI: I, Frankenstein with Siggy Ferstl

Siggy Ferstl's 32-year color grading career includes romantic comedies, kids movies, TV work, dramas both mainstream and independent -- and action. Lots of action, including House of Flying Daggers, entries in the Die Hard and Pirates of the Caribbean series, and three in the Underworld series. For his work on I, Frankenstein, Siggy spoke to Creative COW's Editor-in-Chief, Tim Wilson about the specific challenges of grading for VFX and 3D, as well as his approach to collaboration and the grading process.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
Restoring Orson Welles' Classic Lady From Shanghai

Restoring Orson Welles' Classic Lady From Shanghai

The Lady From Shanghai may be the most notorious Orson Welles film you've never seen: his deliberately disorienting noir murder mystery from 1947, whose road to restoration may be more complicated than the movie itself.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Tribe of The Wild: New Gear in the Real World, In Action

Tribe of The Wild: New Gear in the Real World, In Action

After collaborating on the 1985 pilot for the highly successful "Power Rangers" franchise, DP and Digital Cinema Society President/Co-Founder James Mathers recently worked on a new pilot with the same producers. This offered him the perfect opportunity to put several new products through their paces on his RED Epic-based 4K production: including greenscreen virtual sets and on-set VFX previz tools, a wide variety of lighting options, the Aja Ki Pro Quad, and much more.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
James Mathers
Adobe After Effects
Klip Collective Pushes Film Into New Spaces At Sundance

Klip Collective Pushes Film Into New Spaces At Sundance

Projection mapping installation relies on Adobe Creative Cloud tools to create stunning visuals for the Sundance Film Festival entry, "What's He Building in There."

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Adobe
TV & Movie Appreciation
Climbing Mountains to Make Lone Survivor

Climbing Mountains to Make Lone Survivor

"We are going to climb mountains" - that's what director Peter Berg told Petra Holtorf-Stratton before they began work on his movie, Lone Survivor. "And we did," she told us, "literally and figuratively." Petra tells us about making this powerful film based on the true story of a Navy SEAL's ordeal in Afghanistan, and also about her remarkable transition from VFX artist to movie producer.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Petra Holtorf-Stratton
Cinematography
Technology 2014 | Production, Post & Beyond: Part ONE

Technology 2014 | Production, Post & Beyond: Part ONE

What were the big technology trends in media and entertainment over the past year? What's going to be significant in the coming year? Those are questions that many of us are asking, so we went to some of our savviest Creative COW contributors to ask their opinions of where we've been and where we're going. Here in Part 1, we offer an overview of their perspectives. (See Part 2 for their additional insights.)

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Technology 2014 | Production, Post & Beyond: Part TWO

Technology 2014 | Production, Post & Beyond: Part TWO

What were the big technology trends in media and entertainment over the past year? What's going to be significant in the coming year? Those are questions that many of us are asking, so we went to some of our savviest Creative COW contributors to ask their opinions of where we've been and where we're going. Here in Part 2, our conrtibutors offer in-depth insights. (See Part 1 for a broader industry overview.)

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
Becoming a Better Editor (but mostly a better human being)

Becoming a Better Editor (but mostly a better human being)

Everyone has goals, makes New Year's resolutions, tries to find the path to enrichment, enlightenment, healthier thoughts, minds and bodies. How about not only becoming a better editor, but also becoming a better human being with some great advice from social media maven, Kylee Wall.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Wall
Art of the Edit
The Production Process EXTRA: Archiving Data

The Production Process EXTRA: Archiving Data

In this digital media world, it's imperative to not only have enough media array space to do your work, but also to store and protect that media for the long term. Biscardi Creative Media have been using a very simple method going on four years now with great success, and discuss the details in this article.

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
Art of the Edit
The Production Process Part THREE: Post-Production/Delivery

The Production Process Part THREE: Post-Production/Delivery

In this series, Biscardi Creative Founder, Walter Biscardi, Jr. "demystifies" the video production process. In Part 3, Walter and Nicole discuss the final two steps of the process: Post Production and Delivery. Editorial, Graphics, Sound, Color Grading and more make up the Post Production process and Walter explains what all of these elements are and how they come together to make your final project.

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
Art of the Edit
The Production Process Part TWO: Production

The Production Process Part TWO: Production

In this series, Biscardi Creative Founder, Walter Biscardi, Jr. "demystifies" the video production process. In Part 2, Walter and Nicole Wright discuss the actual Production and all that it entails.

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
Art of the Edit
The Production Process Part ONE: Pre-Production

The Production Process Part ONE: Pre-Production

In this series, Biscardi Creative Founder, Walter Biscardi, Jr. "demystifies" the video production process. In this first segment, Walter and Nicole Wright, Director of Sales & Marketing at BCM will discuss Part One of this series on Production: The Pre-Production Process.

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
TV & Movie Appreciation
Remembering Peter O'Toole

Remembering Peter O'Toole

Having seen "Lawrence of Arabia" as a wide-eyed child, Debra Kaufman had no idea that one day she would interview the star with the flowing white robes and piercing blue eyes. Here, she recalls her interview with Peter O'Toole for The Hollywood Reporter and what makes him an actor whose movies will endure.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Business & Marketing
An Odd Delight: A Corporate Editor's Leap Into Broadcast

An Odd Delight: A Corporate Editor's Leap Into Broadcast

Creative COW Contributing Editor Kylee Wall moved from Indianapolis to Atlanta as part of a move from corporate video into broadcast. Sure, some things stayed the same, but so much more was so different -- a new place to live, a new kind of workspace, new kinds of projects, AND TAPE -- that transitioning to a new NLE in Adobe Premiere Creative Cloud was the least of it. Certainly nothing compared to a fever of 104 that took her out for most of her first week. It's a remarkable tale that Kylee tells as only she can.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Wall
Sony Vegas
Pixelan DIssolveMaster Review: Organic, Powerful, Affordable

Pixelan DIssolveMaster Review: Organic, Powerful, Affordable

Organic, powerful, affordable, easy to use -- what else are you looking for from a plug-in package? Creative COW's Douglas Spotted Eagle found even more than he expected from Pixelan DissolveMaster, plug-ins for Adobe After Effects and Premiere, and Sony Vegas. Douglas invites you to see just how elegant, organic and flexible such a simple tool can be, even with 4K footage.

Review, Editorial
Douglas Spotted Eagle
DSLR Video
Wilfred: A Sitcom Shot Entirely on DSLRs

Wilfred: A Sitcom Shot Entirely on DSLRs

Wilfred, the FX Networks quirky comedy about a manic-depressive man who sees his neighbor's dog as a man in a dog suit, is shot entirely with DSLR cameras, including greenscreens. Randall Einhorn, a cinematographer turned Executive Producer/Director, and Director of Photography Kurt Jones talk here about some of the innovative production set-ups they use for this unusual series.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
NEWS: People in the News
Thor: The Dark World: Luma Pictures Unites Two Continents

Thor: The Dark World: Luma Pictures Unites Two Continents

The VFX house, Luma Pictures was called upon again to deliver VFX shots for the newest installation of Marvel's Thor adventures, "Thor: The Dark World." Working seamlessly across two continents, Luma delivered major villains, creatures, sets, atmospheric effects, character-interactive effects, and much more for the second film in the series.

Editorial, Feature
COW News
Indie Film & Documentary
With Paul Mazursky, It's All Crap!

With Paul Mazursky, It's All Crap!

When Paul Mazursky decided to create a series of intimate conversations with Mel Brooks, Leonard Nimoy and his many other industry friends, Cinematographer Bill Megalos came on board to produce. In this article, Bill talks about the choices he made with regard to camera, lighting and direction to make compelling interviews with a limited budget.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Bill Megalos
Broadcasting
Inter BEE keynote: Japan Will Broadcast 8K by 2020 Olympics

Inter BEE keynote: Japan Will Broadcast 8K by 2020 Olympics

It's not news that Japan has announced its intent to broadcast 8K by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In today's production environment, the advent of 4K is still news and 8K seems like a futuristic pipe dream. But when Creative COW Contributing Editor Debra Kaufman was in Japan in November, she learned just how serious Japan is in its intent to broadcast 8K -- and to do so sooner than originally announced.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Canon Cameras
Canon's 4K Display Monitor

Canon's 4K Display Monitor

Canon has just entered the monitor with the DP-V3010 4K Reference Monitor, intended for use in high-resolution color grading and other, similar environments. In this article, Canon executives describe the attributes of this new product in the company's line of 4K products.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Canon Cameras
Inside Canon Japan 2013

Inside 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
Adobe Creative Cloud
Scruffy.TV Transforms Workflow with Adobe Creative Cloud

Scruffy.TV Transforms Workflow with Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe sat down with the multi-talented creatives behind Scruffy.TV and talked about why they decided to move to an all Adobe workflow based on Adobe Creative Cloud. A recent endeavor, Flight Club (a spoof on the movie Fight Club), was their first collaborative experience working with an end-to-end Adobe pipeline using Adobe Creative Cloud.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Adobe
Sony NXCAM
The Sony FDR-AX1 & Your 4K Future

The Sony FDR-AX1 & Your 4K Future

Even though it's not yet a broadcast format, 4K production has been happening every day for years -- delivered as HD. It offers the same advantages that early HD production offered for SD delivery, including beautiful downscaling and a measure of future-proofing. Looking for a flexible, affordable way to jumpstart your 4K future? Join longtime Creative COW leader Douglas Spotted Eagle for a look at Sony's FDR-AX1 camcorder.

Review, Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Douglas Spotted Eagle
TV & Movie Appreciation
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary-Milk's VFX for Day of the Doctor

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary-Milk's VFX for Day of the Doctor

When The Mill in London decided to close its TV and Film Department, the staff decided to open up VFX house Milk. They brought with them a first, very challenging job, which was begun at The Mill: creating stereo 3D effects for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. Here's how the newly launched company took charge to create some memorable VFX.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Adobe After Effects
Joseph Kosinski’s Film “Oblivion” Showcases Elegant Effects

Joseph Kosinski’s Film “Oblivion” Showcases Elegant Effects

World‐class user interface designers, graphic artists, and animators create crisp, timeless visual elements for the sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, Oblivion. Kosinski turned to Bradley G. Munkowitz (GMUNK), whom he'd previously worked with on Tron Legacy. As lead interface graphic designer, GMUNK then pulled a team together that included Interface Graphic Designers Joseph Chan (Chanimal) and Jake Sargeant, and Interface Animators Alexander Perry (AP), Navarro Parker (Nav), and David Lewandowski (D-Lew). They were happy to reunite to share how much fun they had creating the 2D effects for the film using an Adobe workflow.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Adobe
TV & Movie Appreciation
Behind the Lens: Kramer Morgenthau, ASC on Sleepy Hollow

Behind the Lens: Kramer Morgenthau, ASC on Sleepy Hollow

Kramer Morgenthau, ASC has shot over 60 films, including Thor: The Dark World. He has been nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys for his television work, and won an ASC Award for his work on HBO's Game of Thrones. He also shot the pilot for the Fox hit Sleepy Hollow, which gave us an opportunity to talk to him about his work, his influences and his philosophy of lighting and camera moves.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with Editor Alan E. Bell

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with Editor Alan E. Bell

When we last touched base with editor and longtime Creative COW member and community leader, Alan Edward Bell, ACE, he had just finished cutting The Amazing Spider-Man. For The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, we find him reunited with director Francis Lawrence, for whom he edited Water for Elephants. Bell talks about the challenges of editing Catching Fire and some of the gear choices he made to improve the pipeline's efficiency.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Adobe After Effects
Star Trek Into Darkness: Main Titles, Graphics & Displays

Star Trek Into Darkness: Main Titles, Graphics & Displays

Andrew Kramer of Bad Robot and author/owner of the site Video Copilot was tapped to create more than 30 title sequences for the resurrection of the classic science fiction franchise with Star Trek: Into Darkness, while the OOOii team created stunning graphics and heads-up displays for the blockbuster film. OOOii CEO Kent Demaine, Lead Designer Jorge Almeida and Andrew Kramer shared their great experiences working on the latest seminal Star Trek film.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Adobe
TV & Movie Appreciation
Restoring the Frank Capra Classic, It Happened One Night

Restoring the Frank Capra Classic, It Happened One Night

Frank Capra's 1934 comedy "It Happened One Night" was recently the subject of a lovingly painstaking 4K restoration by Sony Pictures Entertainment. With tender care to retain the soft, glowing look that Director of Photography Joseph Walker, ASC was so well known for, Colorworks beautifully restored the film with all of the nuance and elegance of the original.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
COW News
Adobe Premiere Pro
Seasoned Film Editor Takes Adobe Premiere Pro CC For a Spin

Seasoned Film Editor Takes Adobe Premiere Pro CC For a Spin

Customizable interface, visual effects integration, and fast rendering time impressed long-time Avid editor and second generation filmmaker, Nicolas de Toth. Nicolas recently enjoyed the opportunity to edit a commercial for MagnaFlow and chose to work with Adobe Premiere Pro for the first time in his career.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Adobe
Cinematography
Paperless Film Production Apps: Going Green for Leprechaun

Paperless Film Production Apps: Going Green for Leprechaun

The digital revolution was supposed to save us all from endless streams of paper but instead has spawned an even deeper addiction to the printed page. Here's how one filmmaker decided to take the road-less-cluttered and literally enter the ring of paperless production for Lionsgate and World Wrestling Entertainment.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Zach Lipovsky
Adobe After Effects
Delivering Content for TV's Top Shows

Delivering Content for TV's Top Shows

Delivering content for some of television's top shows, including House of Lies, Grey's Anatomy, and, of course The Walking Dead, Stargate Studios continues to break the mold of how feature films, television series, electronic games, and commercials are generated. In this article, read how Adobe Creative Cloud and automation create a competitive edge for the iconic production studio, Stargate Studios.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Adobe
Windows Hardware & Software
Panasonic Debuts ToughPad for U.S. M&E Market

Panasonic Debuts ToughPad for U.S. M&E Market

Panasonic introduced Toughpad 4K, a 20-inch tablet that offers 4K resolution in a thin, lightweight and "business-rugged" package, for just under $6,000. This new tablet adds to Panasonic's UltraHD portfolio, which includes the recently unveiled 4K production monitor.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Prime Focus Brings The Last Emperor into 3D

Prime Focus Brings The Last Emperor into 3D

Rumors had buzzed for two years that director Bernardo Bertolucci was interested in converting his masterpiece The Last Emperor to 3D. That became a reality when the 3D version debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. The sensitive job of handling the conversion went to Prime Focus in London, which dedicated hundreds of rotoscope artists, proprietary tools and artistic intention to uphold the intention of the original version. The verdict? Bertolucci called it "beautiful and magical."

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
Ender's Game: The Set-to-Screen Color Pipeline

Ender's Game: The Set-to-Screen Color Pipeline

With 1500 VFX plates, 900 final VFX shots and 350,000 R3D source VFX frames spread across more than a year's work and a hundred different people, Light Iron colorist and co-founder Ian Vertovec and CEO Michael Cioni needed to create an efficient data management and color pipeline for Ender's Game. In this case study, Light Iron takes you step by step through the collaboration and innovation that fueled this demanding project.

Feature
COW News
Field Production
“Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.”

“Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.”

Before coming to Creative COW, before his lives in product marketing and product management at Avid and Boris FX, Creative COW Editor-in-Chief Tim Wilson ran a video production company. In one especially memorable adventure, he found himself quite literally up to his armpits in alligators. He had no idea that this was going to happen when the day began. At the time, he was focused on a brand new fear: getting sliced in half by burning underwear.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
TV & Movie Appreciation
John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

Creative COW recently had the great pleasure of speaking to visual effects pioneer John Dykstra, whose work first came to prominence on the original Star Wars. Dykstra received his first Academy Award for his work on Star Wars, and, the same year, won an Academy Scientific and Engineering Award for the Dykstraflex motion-control camera that made so many of Star Wars' effects possible. Join us as he shares behind the scenes on Star Wars, speaks about his transition from an artist to a VFX supervisor, and gives us his thoughts on the state of VFX today.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
John Dykstra, ASC
TV & Movie Appreciation
Creating the 3D in Gravity

Creating 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
Restoring Mary Pickford's Lost Film

Restoring Mary Pickford's Lost Film

Actor, screenwriter, producer and United Artists co-founder Mary Pickford made 205 films in her very productive life. Of those, ten features and 25 shorts were believed lost. Earlier this month, one of Mary Pickford's shorts - Their First Misunderstanding (1911) - was saved from oblivion. The incredible story of how a lost film was found and then salvaged involves more than a little luck, along with the knowledge and skillset of a group of committed film archivists and film preservationists. The story begins in a dilapidated barn. Read more...

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
A Conversation with Bill Feightner, New Colorfront CTO

A Conversation with Bill Feightner, New Colorfront CTO

Image scientist Bill Feightner has been responsible for many of the industry's visual creative milestones, including digital color separation and the world's first 4K DI. Just prior to receiving a SPMTE Lifetime Achievement Award -- ready to join his Emmy Award and Technical Achievement Award from AMPAS -- we spoke to Bill about co-founding EFILM, his new role at Colorfront, and the future of color and image science, remote collaboration, and post-production operations.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-EIGHT: Sony Image Stabilization

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-EIGHT: Sony Image Stabilization
  Play Video
In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the native stabilization effect within Sony Vegas Pro which has to be used as a media effect rather than an event effect.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Art of the Edit
Story Stuff Is Story Stuff

Story Stuff Is Story Stuff

Insights for becoming a better writer easily make the transition to the editing world. Kylee Wall gleans from the masters - Vonnegut, Elmore Leonard, Palahniuk - and highlights simple ways to finesse your storytelling abilities.

Editorial, Feature
Kylee Wall
Blackmagic Design
Bob Zelin Looks at the Blackmagic Design Audio Monitor

Bob Zelin Looks at the Blackmagic Design Audio Monitor

The Blackmagic Audio Monitor offers rack mount audio monitoring from an advanced 6G-SDI input, AES/EBU and analog audio sources in a compact and elegant package. Bob Zelin gives the 'eagle eye' look as he zooms in on its real-world application in XOS Digital's extensive broadcast media asset management system.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
Cinematography
David Franco, Director of Photography for Boardwalk Empire

David Franco, Director of Photography for Boardwalk Empire

Award-winning cinematographer David Franco sat down with Ben Consoli, host of the Go Creative Show for a revealing interview that covers his entire career and focuses on his breathtaking visual direction for the HBO hit show "Boardwalk Empire".

Feature, People / Interview
Ben Consoli
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-SEVEN: Stylizing Events with BCC

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-SEVEN: Stylizing Events with BCC
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis gives a quick overview of some of the BCC Art Looks, Color & Tone and Stylize tools from the BCC Complete suite of plugins by BorisFX for Sony Vegas Pro.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Art of the Edit
Coloring Machete Kills: Natasha Leonnet

Coloring Machete Kills: Natasha Leonnet

Colorist Natasha Leonnet talks about Machete Kills, her sixth collaboration with director Robert Rodriguez, and her pathway to becoming a colorist.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: From 7 to 56 UP with George Jesse Turner

Behind the Lens: From 7 to 56 UP with George Jesse Turner

The UP series, directed by Michael Apted, began in 1964 with Seven UP, which interviewed 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England. Every seven years, Apted has returned to these same children to ask about the progression of their lives. The result, the UP Series, is according to critic Roger Ebert, "an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium. Apted penetrates to the central mystery of life." Cinematographer George Jesse Turner has shot all the UP Series films since 21 UP in 1977.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
George Jesse Turner
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: The Summit with Nick Ryan

Behind the Lens: The Summit with Nick Ryan

In August 2008, eleven climbers died on K2, the Himalayan peak nicknamed the Savage Mountain. In The Summit, filmmaker Nick Ryan delves into the mystery of what actually happened that day, in a masterful collage of footage taken by the climbers, stunning aerial shots of K2, interviews and re-enactments. Take a look behind the lens with Nick Ryan as he relates how he respectfully re-captured those tragic moments.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Nick Ryan
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: C.O.G. & Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Behind the Lens: C.O.G. & Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Based on an autobiographical comedy by acclaimed author and NPR contributor David Sedaris, "C.O.G." focuses on a summer of misadventures and growing up one young man named David [as in David Sedaris] encounters on an apple farm in Oregon. This look behind the lens of "C.O.G." with filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez reveals a captivating story on both sides of the camera.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-SIX: Motion Blur

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-SIX: Motion Blur
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to apply motion blur inside of Sony Vegas Pro, how to change its settings and how to change the type of motion blur used for best 'real world' results.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 93: Add Logos to Credit Crawls

Learn Media Composer Lesson 93: Add Logos to Credit Crawls
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how to add logos to your title crawls, by introducing Photoshop to your Media Composer workflow. What might seem to be limitations inside of Media Composer can bypassed by unitizing the Marquee Title Tool! Once you see how easy this technique is, you'll be adding logos to every one of your title crawls.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Broadcasting
Will 2014 Be the Year of 4K?

Will 2014 Be the Year of 4K?

UltraHD, or 4K, has been making an appearance at trade shows for the last couple of years. At this year's IBC in Amsterdam, the demonstrations and products pushed forward the idea that 4K is a possibility for TV distribution and general production and post. Creative COW takes a look at the offerings and the opportunities.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Storytelling, VFX and the Emotional Medium of Movies

Storytelling, VFX and the Emotional Medium of Movies

It wasn't the effects and it wasn't the cast that made 1933's King Kong the enduring classic that it is (though Fay Wray got a clear shot at immortality). It was the story. The story of a big lug with a soft spot a mile wide. Here's why young filmmakers should sit at Kong's feet.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Stephen Menick
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FIVE: Zaxwerks ProAnimator

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FIVE: Zaxwerks ProAnimator
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces Zaxwerks ProAnimator and gives an overview of the simplicity and speed of the application as well as showing how to render out the final animation as an image sequence and then how to bring that (or any) image sequence into Sony Vegas Pro for final compositing.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Homeland's David Klein, ASC

Behind the Lens: Homeland's David Klein, ASC

David Klein, ASC is currently Director of Photography for two premium cable hit series: Showtime's Homeland, which returns for a third season on September 29, and HBO's True Blood. In this article, Klein speaks to Creative COW about his work on Homeland.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
David Klein, ASC
NEWS: People in the News
Remembering Ray Dolby: A Life of Invention

Remembering Ray Dolby: A Life of Invention

Ray Dolby gave his talents and his name to the most significant advances in audio recording, for both the professional film/TV/music industries and consumer products. On the occasion of his death, at age 80, Creative COW tells the story of his life, his engineering achievements and the impact he has had on the creative people in our industry.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Wizard of Oz: A Hollywood Jewel Now in 3D and IMAX

The Wizard of Oz: A Hollywood Jewel Now in 3D and IMAX

The Wizard of Oz debuted in 3D and IMAX on September 20 for just one week, and it was a treat not to be missed. For almost a year, a Prime Focus team in Los Angeles and Mumbai carefully rotoscoped and composited each scene to create a respectful, eye-opening 3D version of this iconic movie. The result reveals all the beautiful artistry and craft that went into this much-loved classic.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
IBC 2013 Wrap Up

IBC 2013 Wrap Up

Broadcast Engineer Ryan Salazar wraps up his perspective on IBC 2013, the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Ryan Salazar
AVID
Learn Media Composer: Michael Bay Film Look Part 1

Learn Media Composer: Michael Bay Film Look Part 1
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows all the Symphony editors out there how to create a Michael Bay inspired film look right from within their Symphony timeline. Everything that is shown in this tutorial is designed to get you excited to stay in your NLE which not only saves you time, but will make you more money in the end!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Autodesk 3ds Max
Autodesk, The New Rental Model & Flame Premium 2014

Autodesk, The New Rental Model & Flame Premium 2014

Autodesk Industry Marketing Manager Marc Hamaker talks about Autodesk's decision to add a rental model. Rental models for Autodesk Design and Creation Suites as well as individual software packages, is available on Sept. 16. Also new is Flame Premium 2014, which integrates visual effects, editorial finishing and 3D effects creation.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FOUR: Texture Text with Shatter

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FOUR: Texture Text with Shatter
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In this example of the Sony Vegas Pro/HitFilm workflow, Andrew Devis shows how to use the Shatter effect in HitFilm to extrude non-shattering 3D text as well as how to apply different textures to the front and the side of the extruded text. While working much faster than the previous introduction to HitFilm tutorial, this tutorial still show the whole Sony Vegas Pro/HitFilm workflow in detail for those wanting to learn more about HitFilm and Sony Vegas Pro integration.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Archiving and Back-Up
Sony Media Cloud Services Debuts New & Enhanced Services

Sony Media Cloud Services Debuts New & Enhanced Services

Sony Media Cloud Services just debuted three new production applications (RoughCut, AudioReview and VideoReview) as well as integration of Sony’s wireless camera adapter. The cloud service has already been in heavy use at Sony Pictures, and is newly adapated by broadcasters and other media and entertainment organizations.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
Ten Networking Tips for Video Production Conferences

Ten Networking Tips for Video Production Conferences

Attending Video Production conferences and educational seminars can add to your pool of creative resources, but you're missing out if you don't take the opportunity to meet people and make connections.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Wall
What Computer Should I Buy?
HP's New Z: ZBook Mobile Workstation

HP's New Z: ZBook Mobile Workstation

HP is targeting disgruntled Apple Mac Book Pro users with a line-up of three ZBook Mobile Workstations, including the ZBook 14, which the company terms "the first workstation Ultrabook." Also new are enhanced Z Workstations featuring the latest in Intel architecture, the Ivy Bridge Xeon processor and Thunderbolt technology for high-speed data transfer, and two new Z Displays. These machines are far from mere attempts to "catch up," though. Instead, they offer features and power not seen elsewhere, and are turning heads of even hardcore Mac users.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Ups Creative Cloud and Adobe Anywhere

Adobe Ups Creative Cloud and Adobe Anywhere

Adobe has updated its Creative Cloud with 150 new features, including numerous video tools for Premiere Pro, After Effects, SpeedGrade and other components. In addition, the company has also planned significant updates to Adobe Anywhere Video, the "modern collaborative workflow platform" that allows Adobe pro-video solutions benefit from centralized media and assets across standard networks.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Adobe After Effects
Fans OCCUPY Conan With Self-Produced Parodies

Fans OCCUPY Conan With Self-Produced Parodies

Lead editor Dan Dome and editors Robert Ashe, Jr., Chris Heller and David Grecu all put together OCCUPY Conan, a fan-sourced episode of the popular late night show. It's harder than it sounds, and that's why the Conan Editing Team is now up for an Emmy for Outstanding Multicam Editing for a Comedy Series.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Apple Motion
Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 25 VFX - The Michael Bay Look

Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 25 VFX - The Michael Bay Look
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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
Apple Motion
Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 23 Keyboard Shortcuts

Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 23 Keyboard Shortcuts
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about your Keyboard Settings and takes a first part look at Preferences. It's important to understand both, and why it might not always be a good idea to go in and make extensive changes to either, especially if you're a freelancer.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Apple Motion
Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 24 Preferences Part TWO

Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 24 Preferences Part TWO
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In part two of his look at Preferences, Kevin P McAuliffe breaks down some of the most important preferences like Autosave Vaults and even sub-frame keyframing to make sure that you have a good foundation to work at your most optimal pace.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Adobe After Effects
Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood VFX - Michael Bay Look

Advanced AECC Techniques: Hollywood VFX - Michael Bay Look
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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
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-TWO: BCC Extruded Text

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-TWO: BCC Extruded Text
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BorisFX produces plugins for Sony Vegas Pro, and in this tutorial Andrew Devis demonstrates the 'Extruded Text' options in the BCC 3D Objects Plugin. This powerful and simple to use plugin will produce high quality true 3D text inside of Vegas Pro which can be fully animated and have additional high impact effects applied such as advanced shattering and pulsating etc. as well as offering animatable 3D camera movements and lights.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-THREE: Extruding Text in HitFilm

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-THREE: Extruding Text in HitFilm
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In this detailed introduction tutorial to the Sony Vegas Pro/HitFilm workflow, Andrew Devis shows how to send an event to HitFilm from Sony Vegas Pro, create text, add a texture to the text and extrude and control it in 3D. Finally, Andrew shows how to animate that text and send the whole thing back to Sony Vegas Pro quickly and easily.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY: Credit Rolls

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY: Credit Rolls
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains how to use the credit roll generator inside of Vegas Pro and how you can create .txt files in your text editor and import/export that file into/out of the Credit Roll to save a lot of time and frustration. Andrew also shows how to create and export/import title styles as .xlm files that can be saved and reimported for use in future titles thus ensuring continuity of style for titles in different editions of any series you may be working on.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-ONE:  3D Extrusion Options

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-ONE: 3D Extrusion Options
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis talks about some of the options available to create 3D extruded text (and objects) within Sony Vegas. While not an exhaustive list, it covers options from free programs to top end 3D applications. Following tutorials go into more detail on some of these options.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Cinematography
Storyboarding FX's The Bridge

Storyboarding FX's The Bridge

FX Networks' latest TV series, The Bridge, pairs a Mexican and American detective as they try to capture a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. Producer Patrick Markey turned to Famous Frames to provide storyboard artists to help visualize many of the TV series' complex action sequences.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-NINE: ProType Titler

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-NINE: ProType Titler
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The ProType Titler is probably the most advanced native title creation tool inside of Sony Vegas Pro and allows you a degree of control which is far greater than with the standard Titles & Text option. However, the interface and the layout of the ProType Titler is somewhat different than the standard tools and will take a little bit of getting use to although for the power and advanced results it is well worth the effect.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-EIGHT: Titles & Text

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-EIGHT: Titles & Text
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the standard Titles & Text option in Sony Vegas Pro and how it can be used to create multiple different titles with one title event as well as how the various settings can be used to customize the look of the text and the animation of the text in your scene. This is the most used title tool in Sony Vegas Pro and worth getting to grips with.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-SIX: Media Generators Part 1

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-SIX: Media Generators Part 1
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In this tutorial carrying on from the tutorial on Compositing Modes, Andrew Devis shows how Checkerboards, Color Gradients and Solid Color events can be used inside Sony Vegas Pro - as well as showing how solid color events can be used as base layers for some of the Boris FX plug-ins - available to buy for Sony Vegas Pro from BorisFX.com.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-SEVEN: Noise Textures

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-SEVEN: Noise Textures
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Noise textures allow you to create things like water and fire within Sony Vegas Pro and then composite those animated textures with other elements to add interest and depth to your projects. While they do take a little bit of learning, once learned, this skill is both powerful and valuable.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 92: FrameFlex

Learn Media Composer Lesson 92: FrameFlex
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe takes a look at the new FrameFlex feature inside of Media Composer 7. Ideal for working with large frame sizes inside of HD and SD timelines, this new feature is almost a hidden gem, as it's automatically added to your clips, once you drop them in the timeline. The trick for you is knowing how to harness its power.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
AVID
Learn Media Composer Lesson 91: Transfer Modes

Learn Media Composer Lesson 91: Transfer Modes
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about Transfer Modes, or Blend Modes as they are more commonly referred to, and how even though most editors think that you cannot work with them inside of Media Composer, you actually have the tools right at your fingertips...you probably just don't realize it.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Art of the Edit
Women In Post Join Forces

Women In Post Join Forces

Women in Post is a new HPA (Hollywood Post Alliance) committee formed by and for a decidedly minority group in the world of film/TV high technology. After three meetings -- two of them successful round table discussions, featuring accomplished women in the industry -- the group is expanding its plans to offer networking, mentoring and camaraderie and more.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-FIVE: Compositing Modes

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-FIVE: Compositing Modes
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis explains about the track based Compositing Modes inside of Sony Vegas and shows how to use them and how they can be used creatively and get new looks.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-THREE: Helpful Tools

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-THREE: Helpful Tools
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In this tutorial, Andrew Devis picks up on other helpful tools that can be a little hidden to the average user. Each tip can save you time and help you with the management and work-flow of your project and include quick selection options, searchable comments on assets, hiding headers, loop options and preview speed options.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Sony Vegas basics
Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-FOUR: What is Compositing?

Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-FOUR: What is Compositing?
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In this short tutorial, Andrew starts with a tip for quickly navigating to your project files in Vegas Pro and then talks briefly about what compositing is at its basic level.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
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